To help the child become more aware of the environment.
Seeing the dust from under the shelves cling onto the dust mop.
Building up voluntary movements.
- One Dust Mop
Invite a child to come by telling them you have something to show them. Tell the child that you are going to show him how to dust mop.
- Decide which shelf you will be dusting under.
- Walk over to the broom stand.
- Place your left hand around the dust mop’s handle near the top of the handle.
- Lift the mop just a little.
- Using your right fingers, lift the string of the mop over the hook to loosen the mop.
- Once the mop is free, place your right hand around the handle under your left hand and bring the mop in close to your body.
- Carry the mop over to the shelf.
- Stand so your right side is to the shelf and so you are about two to three feet away from the shelf.
- Place the dust mop down in front of you.
- Place your left hand around the broom’s handle with your thumb on the top and your four left fingers wrapped around the handle.
- Place you right hand under your left, also with your thumb on the top and your four right fingers wrapped around the handle.
- Bend your knees and slide the dust mop to the far left side of the shelf.
- Slide the dust mop under the shelf until you feel the wall.
- Slide the dust mop in a smooth and continuous manner under the shelf moving from left to right.
- If the shelf is very long, stop when the dust mop is a little far from you, step closer to where the mop head is under the shelf and continue the sliding movement.
- Once you have reached the far right side of the shelf, slide the dust mop out from under the shelf.
- Lift the dust mop off of the ground.
- Look to see if the dust mop has picked up any dust.
- If it has, carry the dust mop in the same manner as when you were bringing it over to the shelves and go outside.
- Lift the dust mop off to your side and so it is horizontal to the ground.
- Turn your face away from the mop head and give the mop a good strong shake.
- Look at the dust mop to check for any dust that may still be clinging to it.
- If there is still dust, look away and repeat the shaking.
- Once there is no longer any dust on the dust mop, carry the mop back into the room.
- Go over to the broom hook.
- Remove your right hand from the handle of the mop and pinch the tip of the string with your right thumb and index finger.
- Place the string up and over the hook.
- Remove your right hand from the string and then your left hand from the mop’s handle.
Invite the child dust mop under another shelf.