When developing the outdoor clothing guidelines for your Montessori school, it can be helpful to differentiate between the various age levels of your Montessori students. Distributing this information communicates your care and concern that children come prepared for outdoor activity and inclement weather.
Developing Clothing Guidelines for Outdoor Play at Your Montessori School
The guidelines for your older Montessori students can be more tailored for specific conditions. For example, lower elementary Montessori students can wear a jacket and hat on warm days (below 50 degrees F) and boots, snow pants, hat, coat, and gloves or mittens on snowy or cold days (below 32 degrees F). If it is raining or below -10 degrees F(including wind chill), students stay inside. Soggy, wet or mucky conditions require boots, coat and a hat.
Clothing guidelines for upper elementary students in the Montessori school may be similar to the lower elementary guidelines, with some minor adjustments. For example, if it is below -15 degrees, you may choose to keep upper elementary students inside.
Remember to check your state’s temperature requirements for children’s outdoor play as you prepare your guidelines, and suggest that parents label their children’s outdoor clothing.
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