Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Self Help

A Montessori classroom always contains what we call "dressing frames" which were designed for children to learn how to dress themselves.  We have one for snapping, buttoning, zipping etc.  Today we had a child want to learn to tie her shoe.  We gave her a demonstration on this frame and it inspired a flurry of activity around the buttoning frame. 

Then another child decided to try buttoning...
We will be practicing tying on a real shoe tomorrow!
These skills are very important for a child to become independent in dressing.  Dr. Montessori felt that this independence helps children to feel dignified. 

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