Sunday, 4 April 2010

Cantaloupe.... who would have thought?

There has been a Practical Life explosion in our house the last few weeks. L seems to be at the point where she wants to help with everything, especially preparing food.
One thing we've been doing quite a lot is cutting up and eating cantaloupe. As we were sitting down to eat it one day I got to thinking how many skills L is refining with the whole process so I decided to make a list...

  • getting her apron out of the drawer and washing her hands
  • after I've sliced the cantaloupe into cutable pieces and taken off the rind L cuts the long bits into small pieces practicing her cutting skills now with a relatively sharp knife
  • sorting the pieces of cantaloupe and the rind into separate bowls
  • putting the bowl of rinds into the compost, learning about recycling and composting
  • putting the bowl of cantaloupe onto the table
  • washing down the counter with a cloth and washing her hands again
  • taking off her apron and putting it back into the drawer
  • setting the table for a snack
  • dishing out pieces of cantaloupe using a serving spoon into her bowl(not as easy as it sounds those things are slippery!)
  • eating the yummy fruit and having wonderful conversation with her family
  • clearing the table and putting the dishes in the dishwasher
  • wiping down the table

Whew sounds like a lot when you write it all down! It's quite amazing really how a fruit can be do delicious and such a learning tool at the same time.


Joyful Learner said...

Awesome! I'll remember this next time we cut open a cantaloupe!

Lisa said...

I wish I could get my son more involved in practical life activities. The only thing he does regularly is get his own dishes out the cupboard at snack time. Thanks for the itemized list of other targets we can try!

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