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 and links here are examples of items to look for when shopping for school:

 

– Soft, simple classroom slippers (RobeezSoft Starand Acorn are popular brands).

– Velcro or slip-on closed-toed shoes – no shoestrings, cowboy boots 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.  Yumbox is a popular brand.

– Easy-open water bottle.

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

– Rain boots and rain jacket.