We adults think a lot about school success for the children we love. As we think about the cognitive and social skills that children need, we can sometimes overlook the practical skills that are the foundation for learning. Montessori knew that the independence a child gains through these skills leads to self-confidence and an “I can do it” attitude.

The photos & links below are examples of items to look for when shopping for school:

– Soft, simple classroom slippers (Robeez, Soft Star and Acorn are popular brands)

Velcro or slip-on closed-toed shoes – no shoestrings and no sandals!

– Comfy, pull-on clothing without snaps, buttons, or zippers (makes it easy for diapering or potty)

– Trash-free lunch box with multiple compartments

Easy-open water bottle

Labels for absolutely everything to clearly designate your child’s belongings

Rain boots and rain jacket

Easy-open water bottle


Rain boots

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