care of self
“Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.” Maria Montessori Practical life is one of the most important areas of Montessori education.
Activities for care of self are a very important part of the Montessori curriculum. They’re especially important for helping children develop both coordination and independence. At the same time, dressing frames are often among the least-popular materials in Montessori schools. While the dressing frames are still important for Montessori
In Montessori education, care of self is an important part of practical life activities. Summer is often a good time to place extra emphasis on care of self, especially if your preschooler’s independence is extra important in the autumn (for example, when there’ll be a new baby in the
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
If your preschooler needs help with self-care skills, this is a good time for your child to work on dressing skills. Montessori dressing frames aren’t the most practical solution for home use, though. A better idea would be to create a dressing basket like the one developed by Counting
For the beginning of the school year, I’m going to focus on Montessori activities you can use at home. My Monday activity of the week for the next few weeks will include numerous activities within each of the Montessori curriculum areas. This week, the emphasis is on what could
It’s easy to focus on the importance of helping your preschooler by answering your child’s questions or reading to your child. But one of the best ways to help your preschooler is too often overlooked. Take a tip from Montessori education and help your child learn how to do things