Practical Life: Transfer Lesson

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TRANSFER OF FLAT MARBLES USING TONGS

Materials

two glass bowls

flat marbles (about 30)

tongs

one tray

shelf liner

Shelley’s Money-Saving Tip: Please note that this and the following lesson were prepared for under $5! You can utilize the Montessori Method at home without going to much expense—I got the glasses, marbles, tongs, and tray from my local dollar store.

Presentation

1. Using two hands, carry tray to the table.

2. Grab the tongs using your right hand and rise above the left glass bowl.

3. Lower the tongs into the middle of the left glass bowl.

4. With the thumb of the right hand open the tongs by pressing and holding
down on the top part while using the index and middle finger as a guide.

5. Grab a flat marble.

6. Release the thumb on the tongs to secure the flat marble. Only use your index
and middle finger to guide the tongs.

7. Raise the tongs above the left glass bowl and pause.

8. Slowly move the tongs to above the right glass bowl and pause. . Lower the tongs to the bottom of the glass bowl.

10. Open up the tongs by again pressing and holding down on the top part of the
tongs, releasing the flat marble.

11. Release the thumb on the tongs. Only use index and middle finger to guide
the tongs.

12. Raise the tongs above the right glass bowl and pause.

13. Move tongs to above the left glass bowl and pause.

14. Lower the tongs into the middle of the left glass bowl.

15. Continue transferring the flat marbles as described above until they are all
gone on the left side and now appear on the right side.

16. When the bowl on the left is empty, say “Empty.”

17. Look on tray to see if any flat marbles have fallen during transferring.

18. If any have fallen, pick them up at this time placing them in the right glass
bowl.

19. At this time, transfer all of the flat marbles from the right glass bowl to the
left glass bowl using the above procedure.

20. When the right glass bowl is empty, say “Empty.”

21. Look on tray to see if any flat marbles have fallen during transferring.

22. If any have fallen, pick them up at this time placing them in the left glass
bowl.

23. Place the tongs on the tray in between the two glass bowls.

24. Using two hands carry tray back to shelf.

Control of Error:                                                                                                          

The flat marbles not being in the glass bowls.

Points of Interest:                                                                                                        

The tongs.

The flat marbles.

The sounds that the flat marbles make when hitting the glass bowls.

The uniquely shaped glass bowls.

Purpose: Direct
Development of concentration, order, coordination and independence.
Development of confidence.

Purpose: Indirect
Development in the strength of the hand muscles in preparation to holding a
pencil.

Variations
Different tongs, different bowls, and different transferring materials.