Teaching a child to dress and undress

This lesson is designed for parents to demonstrate the practical life activity of dressing and undressing. It enables them to guide the child to perform their tasks independently.

Why does the child need to learn how to get dressed?

Clothes reflect the personality of a person closely. When children learn how to dress themselves, they become more confident and independent. It gives them a sense of achievement. 

In addition to getting dressed, the child will learn many other skills, such as:

  • Learning how to button or zipping clothes develops fine motor skills
  • As the child stands on one leg to put on pants, they exhibit gross motor skills
  • It sharpens their cognitive skills by recalling which piece of clothing to put on first 
  • It builds patience and attention to complete the task.
  • It helps in language development as they learn the types of clothes, types of fabrics, colors, and sizes.
  • It helps in developing order and coordination in the children. 
  • It also allows the parents to spend some quality time with their children and equip them with basic life skills.

 

Watch the video for the step-by-step process of getting dressed and undressed. 

Tips for helping the child learn to get dressed and undressed

  • Be supportive and positive. 
  • Encourage the child as much as possible to try themselves to boost their confidence and morale. 
  • Praise them while completing each step with words like very good, nice, you can do it, etc. 
  • Give the child the time to learn dressing and undressing skills
  • Ask the child to choose the clothes to wear. It develops their interest.
  • Make the learning process simple for the child by asking them to sit down on the floor.
  • Give them ques to clear their doubts – for example, clothes tags should face back, etc.

Repeat this activity as shown in the video. Ask the child to put on their clothes and shoes in the morning and take them off in the evening. It helps in instilling a sense of confidence and independence in children.

 

Related videos:

  1. Teaching a child how to hang laundry
  2. Teaching a child how to prepare their food

For more practical life lessons, visit https://theglobalmontessorinetwork.org/practical-lessons/.

Video Created by: James Bauckman

 


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  • English
  • Montessori at home
  • parent education
  • parents
  • Practical Life