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Preliminary Exercises
  Carrying a Mat
  Unrolling/Rolling a Mat
  Carrying a Chair
  Sit and Stand from a Chair
  Carrying a Table
  Carrying a Tray
  Carrying a Jug
  Geometric Cabinet Tray
  Carrying a Sharp object
  Opening a Door
  Removing a Book
  Opening a Book
  Turning pages of a Book
  Opening Bottles
  Opening Boxes
  Folding Cloths
  Spooning Grains
  Pouring Grains
Care of the Person
  Washing Hands
  Dressing Frame
    Hook and Eye
   Safety Pins
  Polishing Shoes
  Preparing a Snack
Care of The Environment
  Washing a Chalkboard
  Dusting a Table
  Washing a Table
  Polishing Wood
  Polishing Glass
  Arranging Flowers
  Washing Cloths
  Setting a Table
  Wet Mopping
  Dust Mopping
  Outdoor Sweeping
Grace and Courtesy
  Greeting a Person
  Thank You
  Excuse Me
  Introduction of One's Self
  Offering Help
  Expressing Admiration
Control of Movement
  Walking on the Line
  Silence Game

Offering Help


A Table



Ask one older child to help you show the younger children how to offer help.  Let the child know briefly how you plan on showing the lesson. Invite 3-4 children to come participate in your lesson. Show each child where exactly to sit. Have the older child sit down as well. Once the children are seated, you sit so that you can see them all, they all can see you, and yet you are not in front of them.


  1. Tell the children that sometimes in the classroom someone needs help doing something but has not asked.
  2. Tell the children that we can offer our help to each other even though our friends may tell us they do not want our help.
  3. Tell them that we are all going to practice how offer help to another person.
  4. Tell them that the older child is going to pretend that he is picking up a table.


  1. You and the older child stand up and pretend that he is trying to pick up the table.
  2. Very gently place your right hand on his shoulder.
  3. Remove your right hand.
  4. Say, “ (child’s name), would you like my help?” The older child can choose what to answer. (‘Yes, please’ or ‘No, thank you’)
  5. If he answered yes, pretend to help him.
  6. If he answered no, then smile and walk away.
  7. Sit down with the group.
  8. Offer each child a turn to offer their help to the older child.


Tell the children that they can now offer their help to others.

Thank the older child for their help.

Excuse each child at a time, making sure each child has thought of what he would like to de next.



Direct: Teaching the children grace and courtesy in the classroom.
Indirect: Awareness of others in the class.

Points of Interests
Waiting to hear the other child’s response to their offer of help.

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