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
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.
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...
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..."
And a happy dance for me!!!