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Preliminary Exercises
  Carrying a Mat
  Unrolling/Rolling a Mat
  Carrying a Mat
  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

Carrying a chair

A child chair to be carried


Prepare a child’s chair with sufficient space around it.  Invite 3-4 children to come participate in your lesson by telling them you have something to show them. Show each child where exactly to sit and 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. Call their attention to the chair and tell them that you are going to show them how to carry a chair.


  1. Stand on the side of the chair so that the back of the chair is on the left side of your body, and the seat of the chair is directly in front of your legs.
  2. Place each foot so that each big toe touches the legs of the chair closest to your body.
  3. Bend your knees until they touch the seat of the chair.
  4. Wrap your left arm around the back of the chair.
  5. Place your left thumb on the seat of the chair at the center of the backside of the seat.
  6. Wrap your four left fingers around the base of the seat.
  7. Place your right thumb opposite your left thumb at the front of the seat.
  8. Wrap your right fingers around the base of the chair's seat.
  9. Straighten your legs and in doing so lift the chair.
  10. Bring the chair in close to you so that the seat of the chair is at the level of your lower stomach.
  11. Check to see that all four of the chair's legs are pointing down.
  12. Walk carefully to a designated space all the while checking that the walkway is clear of obstacles.
  13. Come back to the spot of the demonstration.

Setting down

  1. Bend your knees.
  2. Carefully place the left leg of the chair closest to your body down first.
  3. Place the right leg of the chair closest to your body down silently.
  4. Place the two legs of the chair furthest away from your body down silently.
  5. Remove your right four fingers from under the chair’s seat.
  6. Lift your right thumb from on top of the chair’s seat.
  7. Place your right arm at your side.
  8. Remove your left four fingers from under the chair’s back part of the seat.
  9. Lift your left thumb from the top of the chair’s back part of the seat.
  10. Straighten your body to an erect position.
Offer each child the opportunity to pick up and carry the chair.

Once they have all had a turn, excuse them one at a time, making sure each child has thought of what he would like to de next.


Growth in independence with regard to the performance of the movements necessary for the carrying and placing of the chair without damaging oneself, others, or the chair. 

Coordination of the child’s movement, development of the muscles, and concentration.

Points of Interests
Looking to see if all four of the legs are pointing to the ground when the chair is lifted.

2 1/2 - 3 1/2

Make sure you sit the children so that they will each have a clear view of the chair and of your actions.





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