Montessori little tips are big tips…clothing and the impact it has on your child.
Montessori classrooms are set up to foster independence and self- motivation in children. An often-overlooked factor in building independence is clothing.
What does successful clothing look like for a child?
Children need to wear clothing that they are capable of putting on and taking off by themselves, from their shirts to their shoes. This is essential in the classroom, and we encourage you to extend this practice
into your home when possible.
- Children will be most comfortable in shoes, boots or slippers that have velcro closures or that slip on. This promotes autonomy in your child.
- Jeans and pants should easily slide over the hips and have elastic bands. If they are too snug, getting them down to use the restroom might take just a little too long and leave the child frustrated due to bathroom accident. Clothing choices impact this more than might be evident— imagine if you were trapped in a piece of fabric you couldn’t get out of!
- With the cold weather coming it is a good idea before you buy snow pants, hat, mittens (not fingered gloves), boots and coat that you have child try on and see if it promotes independence or creates frustration. Can they slip into snow gear or is it too tight or complicated?
- Slippers that are simple. The ones with animal heads at the toes are of course cute but cause a lot of imbalance and tripping. Slippers are a welcome cozy footwear for your child to slip into after they take off boots.
We of course partner with you in teaching these strengths through works as your child grows ready. Below is an example of a Montessori dressing frame that teaches the child to snap. Improving not only the
snapping skills but also fine motor development.
How many times have you heard your child say “I can do it myself?” Children naturally want to perform tasks independently. Ultimately, we are trying to help children become confident and self-assured in all their actions. Another way of looking at this is dress for success!