Discussion in 'Montessori Archives' started by Pickles, Aug 10, 2006.
Aug 10, 2006
What are your thoughts/experiences on doing inside/outside shoes with a Primary classroom?
Aug 11, 2006
Slippers...I do that.
We have inside/outside shoes at our school. The older kids (EL I and EL II) also change their shoes. We live in Northern Illinois so we get lots of snow and mud. It is essential that we have the policy. The kids also need appropriate footwear for gym class. It doesn't bother me, but I do prefer that the kids have a velcro or slip on shoe. Even if the kids know how to tie their shoes, it is never tight enough and always comes undone. Especially the round laces!
Aug 15, 2006
There can be accidents resulting in wet shoes, so it's good to
have a second pair around. Also, having inside/outside shoes
really keeps the Children's House clean. We do many of the
lessons on the floor on rugs, so it is nice to have a clean
carpet. Also, we go outside everyday in any weather, so we do
bring alot of the outdoors in to the cubby area.
Having shoes to change into when the child enters also helps to
create a routine, it marks the beginning of the work cycle. It
also gives the child extra practice with getting his shoes on
and off! We let the older children help tie shoes, etc. when
the younger ones need help. We ask the parents to help choose
noncommercial and non-distracting slippers, shirts and lunch