Entry Items for the Start of School – Part 1

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A great deal of time, thought and effort goes into making the first day of a new school year a success and a big part of that is making sure the Montessori environment is organized and beautiful and that there are ample items on the shelves for the children to work with.

I always make sure that each child has a name tag above their cubby or locker to give them a sense of belonging and to give them their own place to hang their coat and lunch bag when they arrive for their first day of school. It brings a smile to my face when I see how delighted the children are to have their own personal space. It is such a simple, yet impactful way to help each child feel like they truly belong to their new Montessori classroom community. It is also nice to include the child’s photo with their name tag to personalize their space even further. And for the younger children who aren’t yet able to recognize their written name, they take great delight in seeing their photo and knowing which cubby belongs to them.

Another important aspect is ensuring that there are a variety of “Entry Items” on the shelves.

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