Putting on a Coat
The daycare center where I first taught as well as every Montessori school I taught at used the same technique for showing preschoolers how to put on a coat independently. The technique requires the child to lay out a coat upside down on the floor, put both arms in the sleeves, and flip the coat over his or her head. If you aren’t familiar with how to teach the technique, The Montessori Child at Home has photos and directions.
Working toward independence is extremely important for your child, and putting on a coat independently is one way your preschooler can feel competent. If you work with a group of preschoolers, the technique is also invaluable for saving time when you’re getting ready to go outdoors.
Putting a Coat on a Hanger
Preschoolers also need to be shown how to put a coat on a hanger. In another post, The Montessori Child at Home has photos and directions for showing a child how to put a coat on a hanger and hang the coat in a closet.
My questions: The only preschool teaching experience I had in which the children weren’t shown the technique for putting on a coat was my master’s degree school placement at a day nursery in England. I’d love to hear the experiences of preschool teachers and parents in other countries. Is this technique used throughout the world or mainly in the U.S.? For all teachers and parents of preschoolers, have you used this technique with your own child or preschool students?