There is usually only one teacher to meet the needs of everyone in the class so helping yourself and being able to successfully navigate the Kindergarten room is extremely important. Learning how to tie your shoes is one that parents remember to teach, but here are three more you may not even realize that kids need to learn!
1. Putting Away Your Belongings and Turning in Work to the Teacher
Kindergarten teachers start to develop this skill in school, but grade one teachers require it. Kids need to be able to unpack their backpacks, turn in important papers and lunch money, and keep track of their supplies. No one expects them to walk in the door on the first day and do this perfectly, but kids who can already do similar things at home are a lot more successful and feel a lot more comfortable in school. You can help develop this skill by letting your child start to pack their backpack at home and expect them to remember to take their folder and home reading out when they get to school. Expect them to carry their own backpack too! They are more capable than you think!
2. Putting On and Off and Zippering and Buttoning Your Coat
Think of how difficult it is to get out the door with your own children sometimes and imagine how much time would be taken up in a classroom if the teacher had to help everyone get their coats on and off! Helping to teach your student how to dress and undress themselves helps them feel confident in the classroom and gives them more time to explore and learn in the classroom. You can help by expecting your child to dress themselves. It may take a bit longer at first but it will be well worth it to develop their confidence and eventually speed up that morning out the door routine.
3. Opening All of the Items in Your Lunchbox
Being able to get your own food open is so important! Lunch time is limited and even if the teacher or lunch aide is going around to help each child it may take awhile. The last thing you want is a hungry child at school!
Making sure they know how to open their water bottle or juice box and tear, unsnap, unzip all of the containers inside makes the day go much more smoothly. You can help by trying out new items at home first and don’t send them in until you know your child can open them alone.