It's natural for kids to feel nervous at first in a new classroom -- and it's often even more agonizing for parents to let go. Take these steps to help your child say goodbye with a smile.
With a classroom full of students, teachers don't have enough hands to help all of the children get their coat on or open their lunch box. Here are ways to help your child be more independent.
Time it right. Thanks to Velcro, there's no reason to push your child to wear sneakers with laces until she's ready and eager to learn how to tie them. Most kids don't have the necessary fine motor skills until they're 4 or 5. If your child still grasps a crayon with her whole fist rather than using the first three fingers, she's not ready.
Choose the best technique. There are two methods of tying shoes -- the traditional one-loop technique and the two-loop (or "bunny ears") method. How to tell which one your child is ready for? Play "Simon says." If he can follow different directions for each hand -- putting his right hand in the air and his left hand behind his back, for instance -- he can handle the one-loop method. In general, though, it's best to teach a method that you're comfortable with and stick to it.
Whether your child is starting preschool or third grade, these little strategies can make a huge difference.
It's easier than you think to get labeled an annoying parent. Teachers say they're irked when parents: