Aloha, I am a former teacher and now the owner of Aloha Maids house cleaning in Orange County, California. I am about to have a baby, so I am now thinking back to my teaching years, and wanting to apply some of those skills to teach my son one day how to clean up and why it is important to stay clean. I have created a lesson plan. If you are not a teacher, pretend it is a menu. Follow each part step by step, and add your own person notes to make the lesson even better.
THE CLEAN UP LESSON PLAN FOR PARENTS
You will need:
A moldy piece of cheese or anything else that has been left in the fridge
Some books about cleaning like:
“Germs are not for sharing” -Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen
“Learn how to clean your room“-Amy Michaels
Cleaning Tools: towels, dusters, broom, mop, vacuum,cleaning spray (green preferred) etc.
Introduce the question, “Why do you think it is important to clean your mess?” Ask as many questions regarding the topic or “clean” in order to engage your child or to create curiosity. If you are asked a question, try to bounce questions off back to your child. Curiosity is a virtue, and it all begins with a question.
Next, introduce the concept of germs and bacteria. Let children know that germs can make you sick. Ask questions like “Remember when mommy or daddy had a cold?”
Introduce the microscope and describe that we are going to look at mold through a microscope. Teach your child that one thing that mold and germs have in common is they are hard to see and can make you sick. If you eat mold you will feel sick.
Read books “Germs are not for sharing” -Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen
“Learn how to clean your room”-Amy Michaels and any other similar books you may have.
Time to organize, assign places for certain groups of toys. Make organizing clutter a game, or a race. Whoever finishes first gets a prize.
Introduce cleaning tools, mops, brooms, dusters, etc. Teach your children how to use each item. Decorate each item with paint, stickers, etc. so your child will feel ownership of those tools.
Let your child or children know that if they do a little cleaning every day, it will be fun and easy, but if they wait it will be very difficult. You can read a story to your child like “Not now, maybe later”- Joanne Foster.
I hope this lesson plan helps get your kids to clean. Mahalo for reading my blog. Feel free to leave comments!