Saturday, September 24, 2016

Never Tie a Shoe Again

I'll never, ever tie another shoe again!

http://teacherink.blogspot.com/2016/09/never-tie-shoe-again.html


Why should I?  I figured out the holy grail of kindergarten sneakers!

This year, not a single kid could tie a shoe.  NOT ONE!

You know what that means: I knew I'd be squatting all day, knotting a spaghetti tangle of shoe laces.

Did I panic?  Yes, briefly.  Then I recovered--and realized what I had to do.

Instead of teaching my kids about the science center, I spent 10 minutes teaching shoe tie.

Hey!  It's a song!  (But shhhh; it's for my ears only: "Shoe tie, don't bother me, shoe tie, don't bother me...cuz I belong to somebody!")

I opened the Shoe Tie Tutorial on my SMARTboard, and followed the "Easy Tie" Steps.  I used the kid's sneaker I keep in my learning center, and I showed each step in real-time.   And...I had my kids act out the steps in mid-air:

1)  Pull the laces out
2)  Cross them over
3)  Put one lace into the hole
4)  Pull the laces tight

etc., etc...
http://teacherink.blogspot.com/2016/09/never-tie-shoe-again.html

I went through the steps twice, then I set up my Shoe Tie Center (with a printout of the shoe tie tutorial in a binder), and watched the magic happen.
http://teacherink.blogspot.com/2016/09/never-tie-shoe-again.html
Day One, one girl learned how to tie shoes.  She signed my Shoe Tie Club poster, and she won an award and a little prize.

Day Two, she taught 4 other kids, using the binder pictures...
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Tie-a-Shoe-How-To-Tie-a-Shoe-Photo-Tutorial-1926684
Once my kids master the easy shoe tie, they move on to the advanced shoe tie.  That's the one where they have to loop around a loop.  It's a piece of cake--not!  (no pun intended!)

The doctorate involves a double knot--which every teacher knows is a MUST to get through a whole day.

New song (to the tune of George Michael's "Careless Whisper")

"I'll never tie a shoe again
Guilty feet have got some rhythm..."
http://teacherink.blogspot.com/2016/09/never-tie-shoe-again.html

And a happy dance for me!!!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Tie-a-Shoe-How-To-Tie-a-Shoe-Photo-Tutorial-1926684

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