Montessori dressing frames are a key material in the Montessori Early Childhood classroom. The Montessori Snapping Frame is a staple in a Montessori classroom. The good news is, though, if you are looking for frugal ways to homeschool, there are ways to produce the work without purchasing the frames. You can create a DIY frame, use a doll and baby clothes or real objects likes a shoe with lacings. Below is a lesson for the Montessori Snapping Frame.
Snapping Frame Lesson
- Identify the parts of the frame. “Wood. Snap. Fabric.”
- 3-finger grip to pull open top snap.
- Hold down fabric opposite hand. Pull snap apart. Repeat until complete.
- “Open. Close.”
- 3-finger grip. Hold back snap. Identify the parts of the snap: “Socket. Plug.”
- Focus on left snap with dominant 2 fingers and thumb still holding the top over lapping piece of the snap, secure with dominant forefinger: “Snap.”
- Complete snapping. Invite child to do the exercise.
“The preference is for education in movement – the practical activities are simply an external incentive to the education process – they provide the motive for the child to organize his movements.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child
Snapping Frame Resources
- If you want to purchase frames, check out the following resources:
- For additional ideas and lessons, take a look at my Montessori Practical Life Pinterest board.