Friday, February 22, 2013

Tying shoes - with style!

Me (Jill) again, 
a friend pinned the coolest thing and I'm addicted!
AND what luck, it's tying shoes - HA! That's a must post, Isn't it?
I teach kindergarten and I'm not super fond of tying shoes.  I get grossed out with all the germs, especially since it's on the way to lunch when I realize all of the laces flying everywhere. Blech!  My frequent answer is "Put the laces in your socks".
One year, I even bought Y-ties for the whole class - they didn't get the hint :(

At open house, I share the rule I had for my own kids when they were young: 
School shoes were velcro until you learn to tie. Period.
I would not make the teacher tie shoes. 
But, oh my son knew that tie shoes were...FASTER! He had soccer cleats so he was sure of it. Even being a not-so-coordinated lefty, 
(sorry lefties - fine motor, not so great, being a lefty in soccer - awesome)
the boy learned to tie to "earn" tie sneakers for school. 
(Girl had more options, but she too found it important to learn to tie)
Still, in my class - the laces flop everywhere, argh.
But NOW...
enter:
from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbaHxsilsKI

HOLY-COW-OLY!!!!!

I see untied shoes - I say "may I tie that for you"
even to adults - HA shh, just a few

So go and tie shoes.  It takes a little practice and it's easier to go faster than slower!
Ha, I'm still chuckling I posted about tying shoes :)
Good thing Andi loves me, odd humor and all..
Enjoy and Happy Friday~
Jill

5 comments:

  1. I feel the same way about tying shoes. I teach first and I can't believe how many of them still can't tie. I just tell them sorry I have bad back I can't bend over. Ask a friend who knows how to tie. I loved this video. I think I might need to share it with some of the parents.
    ☀Rikki

    The Hive

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  2. I hate tying shoes!! I say the same thing at the beginning of the year-velcro or slip on shoes until tying independently. (Not many choose to hear it.) Thanks for sharing this video!
    ReadWriteSing

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  3. You have just added several minutes to my day. Thank you!

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  4. You have just added several minutes to my day. Thank you!

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  5. Jill and Andi, I love this! Being a blind kindergarten teacher, I can't see when my kids' shoes are untied but I hear them all the time. And my kids are constantly asking me to tie their shoes. My reader explained the video to me and I can't wait to try it out with my kids.

    I just put up some freebies on my own blog. Stop by if you have a second! :)

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight

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