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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

Carrying a Sharp Object

A table an a pair of scissors



Prepare a child's table with one pair of scissors on it.  Make sure the sharp part is on the left side and the handle part is on the right side of where you will stand. 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 scissors and tell them that you are going to show them how to carry a pair of scissors.


  1. Stand so that the pair of scissors is lying in front of you and at a reachable distance.
  2. Take you right thumb and place it in the middle of the bottom hole of the handle.
  3. Take your right index finger and place it in the center of the top hole of the handle.
  4. Pinch your two fingers together.
  5. Raise your right hand slightly off the table.
  6. Wrap your left thumb under the scissor part.
  7. Wrap your four left fingers over the scissor part and cover your thumb.
  8. Rotate the scissors so that they are vertical.
  9. Un-pinch your right thumb and index finger.
  10. Undo your grasp of the handles by removing your right thumb and right index finger.
  11. Cup your right hand under the tip of the scissors.
  12. Bring your hands toward your body so that they are about at lower chest level.
  13. Walk carefully around a designated space all the while checking that the walkway is clear of obstacles.
  14. Come back to the spot of the demonstration.

Setting Down

  1. Un-cup your right hand from the bottom of the scissors.
  2. Rotate your left hand clockwise so that the scissors are now horizontal with the handles on the right side.
  3. Place your right thumb inside the hole nearest you.
  4. Place your right index finger in the other hole.
  5. Pinch both fingers together.
  6. Lower both hands until you are near the tabletop.
  7. Release your left fingers and then your left thumb.
  8. Slowly place the tip onto the table.
  9. Lower the handles until they too touch the table.
  10. Un-pinch your two right fingers and release your grip by lifting your right index finger and then your right thumb..

Offer each child the opportunity to pick up and carry the scissors.

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.


Direct: To prepare the child for using scissors. 
Indirect: Development of child’s awareness to sharp and possibly dangerous objects.

Points of Interests
Seeing that the sharp part of the object is covered and held so that it is safe.

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