What is “clothing education” and what are its benefits for children?


In recent years, children’s education methods such as “food education” and “brain education” have become popular. Did you know that the unique education method of “clothing education” is attracting attention?
In this article, we will focus on “clothing education” and introduce its benefits for children.

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What is “Clothing Education”?

The phrase “Clothing Education” became popular after being advocated by a company in 2004. Until then, among the daily needs of clothing, food and housing, the clothing someone wore was considered to be determined by one’s sense. However, it has recently been determined that people are self-assertive in choosing what they wear and their choice is often proof of the class in society in which they belong. Therefore, “Clothing Education” is needed to determine the personality formation of children and to support the development of their social skills and minds.

What are the benefits of “Clothing Education” for children?

Leads to increased awareness of health and safety

Through “Clothing Education”, children learn how to adjust clothes depending on the weather and how to change clothes depending on their location and actions (exercise, studying, etc.). Being able to choose the appropriate clothing for the situation will help children become aware of safety management to prevent accidents and injuries.

Helps them understand the connection with society

Wearing a school uniform in kindergarten or nursery school helps children feel like they are a member of the group and they are connected to society. Through “Clothing Education”, children can naturally gain social skills and connections with companies and society.

Helps them learn how to express themselves

We can express ourselves through the clothes we choose to wear (color, material, how we wear them). This is called “nonverbal communication”. Through “Clothing Education” children can learn how the colors and materials of clothes can affect one’s image and improve their “nonverbal communication” skills. They will also learn how to determine what they should wear on a sunny day and a rainy day.

Gives them an opportunity to think about environmental issues

Through “Clothing Education” children can learn about “Cool Biz”, “Warm Biz” and the environmental problems caused by the clothing recycling and manufacturing processes.

Helps them understand the difference in values and cultures in the international community

“Clothing Education” also helps children expand their understanding of cultural differences between Japan and other countries. The kimono, a traditional Japanese clothing, is one example. There are many traditional costumes around the world and they each reflect the values of the country where they are from. In recent years, the respect for “diversity” and “values” has become an important issue worldwide. “Clothing Education” is one way to help children deepen their understanding and respect for world cultures and values.

“Clothing Education” has become popular in recent years as a way to foster independence and sociality in children. When children learn naturally that people have different values they will be better able to respect each other.

“Clothing Education” can also be defined as showing clothes to friends and complimenting on your friend’s clothes, which can take place at school and during playdates. Children who are too young for kindergarten can learn about “Clothing Education” during mommy & me classes and preschool programs.