Step 1: Fill up the bucket. (this is after the work has been set up and an apron or smock is put on).
Step 2: Get the cloth wet.
Step 3: Place the cloth on the board and rub soap on it.
Step 4: Place the board on your belly and begin to scrub the cloth by moving it up and down.
Step 5: Rinse out the cloth and wring it as dry as possible.
Step 6: Take to drying rack and use clothespins to secure.
Step 7: Repeat or clean up the work for the next child.
In a Montessori environment, we encourage self-sufficiency. Children at this age are learning to master their environment as well as the movements of their body. Multi-step activities such as washing a cloth allows a child to have the opportunity to build confidence, independence and concentration. At this point, most children will not be washing cloths with a washboard but this activity encourages concentration as the child becomes fully absorbed into their work. If you were to observe this child you may have seen joy and serenity and a sense of accomplishment at the end.