Friday, January 25, 2013

Self-Help Skills - Putting on Coats!

Getting ready to go outside with a group of toddlers or preschoolers can be a daunting task.  Especially if you work in the classroom by yourself!!  Imagine if all 10 preschoolers come to school with gloves and they don't know how to put them on.  That means you will be helping 100 little fingers find their place in their little gloves!!  Ay caramba!!

Starting in the toddler group, it is so helpful and important to encourage the children to attempt to be independent with their self-help skills and it can begin with learning how to get dressed to go outside!!  Even if it starts with having them get their own jacket off the hook or from their cubby, it will help them and will help you!!  

By taking the extra time needed to sit down with the children and go step by step on how to put on a coat is a wonderful use of your time and a great skill for the children to master...
Here is a simple trick to help teach those young preschoolers to put their own jackets on that I did with some children in one of the JP Centre Street classrooms!!  

Paso #1:  TAG by your TOES
Etiqueta por los dedos del pie

Paso #2:  HANDS in the HOLES
Manos en los agujeros

Paso #3: Then UP and OVER!!!!
Arriba y por encima!!

Hopefully it will warm up soon so we can go outside and beat the winter blues!!


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