Step-by-step mini guide to learning a task

07 November, 2022

Do you know the technique of small steps? This idea, which proposes to conceive of new learning to be acquired as a multitude of small steps to be taken gradually, will not only make it easier for you to obtain the collaboration of your children in carrying out household chores , but also to offer them the chance to quietly develop new skills without being discouraged by the magnitude of the task. To help you modulate the different tasks you want to assign to your children, here are some examples of the steps (always add the next step to the previous ones when they are well mastered by the child) that you could plan for some between them.

I want my child to put his plate in the dishwasher after the meal.

Step 1: The child brings his plate to the kitchen counter after the meal.

Step 2: The child empties the leftovers from his plate into the compost or the trash can.

Step 3: The child rinses his plate and puts it in the dishwasher.

I want my child to wash his clothes himself.

Step 1: The child puts his clothes in his laundry basket after taking them off.

Step 2 : The child brings their dirty laundry basket into the laundry room when it is full.

Step 3: The child puts their dirty clothes in the washer after emptying the washer and putting the clothes in the dryer.

Step 4: The child does all the washing of his clothes alone.

I want my child to clean the bathroom.

Step 1: The child picks up and puts away the objects lying around in the bathroom.

Step 2: The child cleans the bathroom sink.

Step 3: The child cleans the bath.

Step 4 : The child cleans the toilet, passes the sweeper and washes the floor.

I want my child to prepare his lunch alone.

Step 1: The child takes the lunch prepared by the parent and puts it himself in his lunch box.

Step 2: The child prepares the accompaniments for his main meal (fruit, dessert, raw vegetables, etc.).

Step 3: The child prepares all of his lunch.

Of course, don't hesitate to adapt these different stages according to your child's level of development and his ability to acquire new skills!

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