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Montessori in a Minute: Dressing Frames

Montessori dressing frames are an excellent Practical Life material used in Toddler, Bridge Primary, and Primary Montessori classrooms to help children develop fine motor skills, coordination, and independence. Each frame focuses on a specific type of fastening and provides a valuable, hands-on learning experience.

Children use framed fabric panel to practice standard clothing fastenings like buttons, snaps, hooks, buckles, laces, and zippers. For older children who need practice to master tying their shoes, teachers will offer the tying frame in Lower Elementary a well.

Each frame is introduced progressively to the children, starting with simpler fastenings like large buttons or Velcro for Toddlers and gradually moving towards more complex actions like opening and closing buckles and tying laces. The Dressing Frames are presented in a sturdy base and placed on a shelf or table at a comfortable height for the children.

The Importance of the Dressing Frames

Children develop hand-eye coordination, finger dexterity, concentration, and patience while practicing on the frames. They also study sequence and order by practicing the steps required for each fastening.

Beyond fostering independence and fine motor skills, working with dressing frames also promotes cognitive development. Children learn problem-solving skills as they learn how to manipulate each fastening and develop spatial awareness and muscle memory.

Dressing Frames are not limited to the classroom. Parents can also use them to support their child's development at home. We encourage our families to reinforce learning these essential skills outside of the classroom, where they can get a lot of valuable practice before and after school hours.

The Montessori in a Minute Series

The Montessori In A Minute series regularly explores the unique benefits of Montessori philosophy, its fundamental materials, and areas of the classroom. For all parents at Hudson Montessori School (Jersey City, New Jersey), the school hosts several Parent Education Nights a year to learn about the Montessori method and how the students learn curriculum components using a Montessori framework.

Please contact us to learn more about Hudson Montessori School's interdisciplinary, theme-based learning approach to education, the Montessori philosophy and methodology, or how the school fosters the love of learning for children aged 2 to eighth grade.

child using Montessori dressing frame

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