Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Silver Polishing (wow, that came in handy!)



Wow, this tea pot was UGLY!  I let it get that way on purpose, so that my girls could have something else to polish.  If you need to get silver looking tarnished for Montessori, wash silver with bubbles and allow it to drip dry a few times. My old vintage hippy jewelry is small and cleans up quick.  This is a great multi-surface to polish, it took a long time!

See the end of the post for the lesson.  Today I used cotton swabs instead of squares.

Silver Polishing
Silver Polishing Tray (be sure they polish on the tray, or else the
tarnish can get on the work surface)



Concentration.  She didn't notice me watching.

Big Sister gives the lesson she remembers from
being at Montessori  :)


NAME OF ACTIVITY:  Metal Polishing


AREA
GENERAL:  Practical Life
SPECIFIC:  Care of Environment
                  
MATERIALS: 
  Mat
  Tray
  Cotton swabs
  Polishing mitt
  Object to polish

AIMS
DIRECT:  Coordination, Concentration, Independence, Order 
INDIRECT:  Learning to polish

PREPARATION:  Mirror polishing, shoe polishing, bead stringing

AGE:  First year Montessori Student

PRESENTATION OF THE LESSON:
  Untwist the polish, or open container
  Dip swab, wipe it on lid
  Apply polish on whole item
  Wipe off polish with cotton square
  Buff until shinny with polishing mitt
  Place cap on polish
  tidy  up
1.      Put square and swab in trash
2.      Get a new cotton square
3.      Get a new polishing mitt
4.      Roll mat, place ring on it
5.      Return to shelf
  

WORK OF THE TEACHER
POINTS OF EMPHASIS:
  Choosing an object to polish
  Get all polish off
  Applying polish
  Tidy up

LANGUAGE:
  Non-verbal first
  Buffing
  Polishing
  Item being polished
 Shinny vs. dull
  Polish mitt
  Cotton swab

POINTS OF INTEREST:
  Item being polished
  Applying/buffing polish
  Seeing residue coming off

WORK OF THE CHILD
POINTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS:
  The more I buff, the shinier it gets
  Awareness of needs to polish

CONTROL OF ERROR: 
  Any polish left on object
  Amount of polish put out

VARIATIONS:  Objects in the classroom, door knob or faucet

EXTENSIONS:  Other polishing activities

SOURCES:     L. SEELEY, N.M.I.
                        Written by Jessica Beerman

NOTE:  Only one polishing work should be out at a time