Self Help Skills Needed to be a Kindergartner

Is your child heading off to Kindergarten?  Learning to take care of yourself while at school is a big step in the life of a Kindergartner.  Many children are coming from homes where Mom and Dad have done almost everything for them. It is time to encourage your child to do more things on his/her own. Please don’t do things for children that they can do for themselves!

  • Practice tying shoes at home (don’t cheat and buy Velcro) really practice tying shoes
  • Teach your child how to take off and put on his/her jacket.  This means learning to pull sleeves inside out after the jacket has been taken off too quickly.
  • Practice buttoning or zipping jackets/coats.  This is hard for little fingers.
  • Practice opening and closing snack container that will be used at school.
  • Practice using the toilet, cleaning themselves, flushing and then washing hands properly after each bathroom use
  • Don’t forget to write your child’s name in the collar of all clothing that comes to school.  Many parents buy new school clothing for their children and the children are not familiar with the clothing and cannot recognize it when it is left behind in the classroom.  Help your child…and the teachers, Label the clothes!
  • Practice opening and closing backpack that will be used for school.

Children who walk through the door of Kindergarten with all of the above skills are ready, able and willing to learn more and do more for themselves in school.


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