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...


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~


  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.

    The Hive

  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!

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

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

  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

  6. What a great post and information about tying shoes. These tips and idea you shared is really great. Thank you so much for sharing this post. I really appreciate because there are only a very few people do such type of work what you are doing