Spooning is a Basic Exercise within the Practical Life area of a Montessori classroom. One of the first lessons introduced in the early childhood classroom, this work further develops focus, concentration, visual and fine motor development. The spooning work will also help a child master the three finger grip and thus prepare him for activities outside the Practical Life learning area. This work is fantastic because there is a lot of creativity you can throw into the mix depending on materials available, interests of children, and themes throughout the year.
Practical Life Spooning Lesson
- Go to the shelf, remove tray and walk carefully to a table.
- Identify objects on tray: “This is a bowl with objects in it. This bowl is empty. This is the spoon.”
- “This is the handle.”
- “This is the spoon.”
- Place the spoon in the dominant hand, holding out thumb and index finger in L shape and placing the handle in the cradle
- Grasp the neck of the spoon with the ends of thumb and index finger.
- Turn and lift spoon to gather beans or beads (from left bowl).
- Move slowly above empty bowl on right. Repeat procedure until all beans have been transferred.
- Check to make sure all objects have been moved from left to right. Repeat, moving objects back to original bowl.
“A three-year-old educated according to Montessori pedagogy, becomes a master of his hand and undertakes with a joy a variety of human activities. These activities allow him to develop the power of concentration.” ~ Dr. Montessori
Practical Life Spooning Variation
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For additional DIY ideas, lesson and inspiration, check out my Montessori Practical Life Pinterest board.