How do you teach young girls to uphold modesty outside the home, especially in school among peers?
“You’ve got to be kitten me right meow!” If you’re a fan of funny cat videos, this fashion set is for you. Stay sweet in a chambray dress and cat hat. The Hello Kitty tote is a must.
I’m loving Boden’s girls fashion. Say hello to sparkles and checks!
Daniel Tiger has an episode about picking the right clothes — dressing appropriately. Part of the song says, “Think about what you’re gonna do, and pick the clothes that are right for you.”
While Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood can never replace Mr. Rogers’, I think this episode does a great job dealing with clothes and learning how to dress for the occasion. For example, what to wear riding a bike, swimming and playing in the rain or snow.
You could extend Daniel Tiger’s lesson by talking about what to wear to a wedding, tea party, church, school, play date and so on.
Modesty is about dressing appropriately. These tips are a good foundation for teaching professionalism down the road.
Use What/If Questions
Dressing appropriately is also a matter of health and safety, like wearing a helmet when bike riding. Asking what/if questions encourages your child to think about consequences and benefits to dressing appropriately for the situation and environment.
For example, “What could happen if Emma doesn’t wear her knee pads while skating?”
Review School Handbooks and Dress Codes
If your little one’s school has a handbook, it undoubtedly includes a dress code. This can be used to jump-start a conversation about dressing appropriately. You can ask questions like, “Why do you think the school has this dress code? Why is it important to follow the rules? What could happen if you don’t?”
Make it a Career Day
Many careers have a dress code, be it a uniform or general policy. Make it a career day and talk about the safety reasons behind a doctor wearing gloves for a procedure, for example. What about the contractor with the hard hat? There’s even a cultural rationale behind the banker’s business suit! If possible, make it an outing, explore and discuss.
Ready to study French with your little girl? Oui, oui!
There are a lot of resources to help you — books, audio, printable worksheets and apps. Some websites offer free resources; some do not. I’ve listed a few sites and apps.
On a fashion note…Here’s some minty French g.u.m. style for girls. Growing up modest!
P.S. Check out my picks for French books, songs and flashcards below.
Where there’s paper, you shall find a doll.
Paper dolls have been around for a long time. They are more than a form of creative play; they are educational.
Over time, paper dolls have evolved to included foam, plastic, canvas, felt and magnetic backed dolls and accessories. There are also virtual or digital paper dolls, such as Stardoll. Games, such as The Sims, are a virtual paper doll world.
For the little ones, mainstream kiddie show characters also take the form of paper dolls, such as Dora the Explorer, and of course the classic Disney princesses.
I particularly love vintage paper dolls. Shirley Temple, anyone?!
Using Paper Dolls
You can use paper dolls to teach girls history, culture and fashion.
Outside of strictly play, paper dolls can be used as part of a history or cultural lesson. For example, they can be used to show the evolution of fashion, or as an introduction to various cultures and societies.
Teaching poise and etiquette? Incorporating paper dolls can help make learning the in’s and out’s of good manners and proper protocol fun.
There are many ways to incorporate paper dolls into an activity. They can even be used as part of a themed event or decor. Think tea party. Paper dolls are a wonderful addition to story time.
In what ways do you use paper dolls? I’d love to hear from you.
Please check out some of my paper doll picks below.