A toddler is constantly growing in independence and responsibility. At Montessori Tides we are striking a balance between offering to help and holding back when the child can do for himself. An important saying among Montessori communities is, “Every unnecessary help is a hindrance to development.” Therefore, we provide a child with proper materials and experiences to discover independence and thereby become confident.
Along with cooler weather comes jackets. In the video below, our Montessori Tides Toddler Program shares a child’s effort at the “jacket flip”. This method is used in the classroom because it allows the child to put on their coat independently. To use this method at home, the child will practice and master their self-dressing skills.
Along with the video demonstration, we’ve also stepped out in words how to aid a child in putting on their own coat to foster independence.
- The coat is laid out at the child’s feet upside down to them
- They are able to insert their arms into the holes from the floor. “Put your arms in deep”
- The coat is then lifted and swung over their head enabling their arms to slip down
- “You did it”
If you are unable to view the embedded video, click here.