The wood polishing work is my second polishing work. The non-toxic lemon based polish is safe for the child to use and builds on a child's use of a dropper. It is available from Montessori Services.  The child uses the apron (at left) to protect their own clothing.  They then apply the polish with an applicator, invert the timer, wait until the sand runs out, use the cotton balls and the flannel cloth to remove the excess polish and buff to a shine.  The sponge allows clean up of any spills.

The wood polishing work is my second polishing work. The non-toxic lemon based polish is safe for the child to use and builds on a child's use of a dropper. It is available from Montessori Services. The child uses the apron (at left) to protect their own clothing. They then apply the polish with an applicator, invert the timer, wait until the sand runs out, use the cotton balls and the flannel cloth to remove the excess polish and buff to a shine. The sponge allows clean up of any spills.

The silver polishing work uses Haverty's Silver polish applied with an applicator. Because it is a toxic polish, I introduce it last.

The silver polishing work uses Haverty's Silver polish applied with an applicator. Because it is a toxic polish, I introduce it last.

My first polishing exercise uses a small glass polishing tablet available from Montessori Services. A solid, it is simple to dampen with a dropper of water. A heart shaped underlay and an apron protect the table and the child's clothing. The timer helps the child be patient until the polish dries so that it can be buffed off easily with the flannel. At right is a pocket mirror for children to learn on.

My first polishing exercise uses a small glass polishing tablet available from Montessori Services. A solid, it is simple to dampen with a dropper of water. A heart shaped underlay and an apron protect the table and the child's clothing. The timer helps the child be patient until the polish dries so that it can be buffed off easily with the flannel. At right is a pocket mirror for children to learn on.

Multi-level wet pouring. Children may fill the small pitcher with water and then pour into these small measuring cups  up to a line which they selects themselves. The small cups come pre-marked with different amounts (1-4 tablespoons) which allows the child's independence from the adult in the atrium.

Multi-level wet pouring. Children may fill the small pitcher with water and then pour into these small measuring cups up to a line which they selects themselves. The small cups come pre-marked with different amounts (1-4 tablespoons) which allows the child's independence from the adult in the atrium.

This photo is just a reminder for myself to include nail polishing work in my classroom.  Don't judge!  I observed in a preschool class where the children were allowed to do the whole process themselves and it was so sweet.  I'd definitely warn my kids' parents in advance so they aren't surprised.  Non-toxic polish, of course!

This photo is just a reminder for myself to include nail polishing work in my classroom. Don't judge! I observed in a preschool class where the children were allowed to do the whole process themselves and it was so sweet. I'd definitely warn my kids' parents in advance so they aren't surprised. Non-toxic polish, of course!

Montessori Practical Life activity - Sewing Cards! These are the shapes of the Metal Insets - sewing using a needle and yarn. @wmswms (Westside Montessori School, Vancouver, BC)

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Montessori Practical Life activity - Sewing Cards! These are the shapes of the Metal Insets - sewing using a needle and yarn. @wmswms (Westside Montessori School, Vancouver, BC)

kids make their own bread dipping oils- nice way to get them working with spices.

kids make their own bread dipping oils- nice way to get them working with spices.

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