Kit Li, a UMA graduate from Alberta, Canada shares her UMA original project, which is a clever Practical Life activity for the classroom entitled, "Raking Leaves."
Start out with:
- A mat
- Wicker basket filled with leaves
- Bamboo rake
Kit marked the rake with two separate lines to indicate hand positions as a control of error.
Although Kit used real leaves in this presentation, she has found that colorful silk leaves work very nicely. They do not dry out (avoiding a crumbly mess) and you can continue leaf raking throughout the entire year.
Steps in presentation include:
- Roll out mat and place to right of wicker basket
- Kneeling, gently scoop leaves with both hands onto mat, starting at top, moving in a left-to-right direction until all leaves have been removed and the mat is covered
- Stand, hold rake by placing hands carefully on marked lines, and begin raking leaves into a pile in the middle of the mat, starting at the top left
- Return rake
- Kneeling, gently scoop leaves in similar manner back into the wicker basket
- Roll up mat, stand, and return
- Raking leaves!
- Hand-eye coordination
- Indirect preparation for language (left to right - reading/writing)
Thank you, Kit Li, for sharing!