At the Smilie Memorial Pre-K program we provide positive encouragement when children do things for themselves! We "notice" when you have put the effort zipping, buttoning, snapping, and even trying to tie your own shoe. We are there when children ask for "help" with specific tasks and demonstrate step by step how to meet the challenge of dressing oneself.
Help us help your child by:
- Providing positive encouragement when an effort is made to dress themselves
- Allow children to choose (from seasonally appropriate) clothing they like when they demonstrate they can put it on themselves
- Encourage children to ask for "help" instead of using the phrase "I can't"
- Instead of "I can't" try "Yes you can! I believe in you. You are still learning and I can help!"
- Try to find the humor: How many arms do you have? Could an Octopus wear a t-shirt? What about our dog?
- Allow for some extra time to figure how a piece of clothing gets put over their head or their legs- practice using dress-up clothing or maybe have fun with an old halloween costume!
- Show your child a few ways a task can be completed by working together
- Example: Putting on a jacket
- "You can use a flip trick by laying the jacket in front of you like this" (demonstrate how)
- "Another way you can do it is by finding the arms and putting your arms through like this" Then show your child how you put on your jacket!