Struggling to get out of the door with all the seasonal clothing items? Independence is something that is highly valued in the Montessori world.
Here’s how you can teach a young child to put their coat on all by themselves. Children as young as 18 month can learn to put their coat on without help.
The following is to help children independently put on their own coat / jacket. Please demonstrate the following steps to your child and then let them repeat it after you:
- Lay the jacket on the floor with the collar or hood facing up (inverted) and nearest the feet.
- Stand behind the collar and bend down.
- Push one arm into the corresponding sleeve of the coat. Push all the way until the hand has come out of the armhole.
- Repeat with the other arm.
- Stand up half way bringing the coat with up with the arms.
- Stand up fully as you do this and lift both arms simultaneously up. Use momentum to lift and flip the coat over your head.
- As the coat goes over your head use your hands to guide coat towards body as it comes down your back. The back may need to be pulled down for ease.
- Adjust the coat if necessary.
- Zip up.
The jacket can also be laid on a child sized table instead of the floor which may be easier as balance is already established from the beginning.