Dear Parents,

September 8th, 2008

Please do not baby your children.

Thank you.


Your Child’s Kindergarten Teacher


If you are curious if you fall into that category, here’s a list of the things your child should be capable of doing by the time they go to kindergarten.

1. Put on and take off their coat.

2. Zip their coat.

3. Pull up and down their own pants.

4. Button/snap their pants.

5. Eat with a spoon or fork.

6. Hang up coat/backpack on a hook.

7. Follow simple directions (i.e. put your coat on, sit down)

8. Understand what “no” means.

9. Wait their turn.

10. Some concept of sharing.

If your kids can do these things, your kindergarten teacher will be very excited.

3 Responses to “Dear Parents,”

  1. Limor on September 8, 2008 4:34 pm

    You have kids who show up for kindergarten unable to do these things? Sheesh.

  2. Steph on September 9, 2008 6:48 pm

    But alas, they often don’t have these mastered by middle school! Well, at least #8-10. :-)

  3. abby on September 9, 2008 7:04 pm

    @steph I had kids whose parents showed up the first 2-3 days to spoon feed them breakfast. And yeah, most my class cannot even attempt to zip their coat. Every year I lay down the ultimatum of “learn to zip by Oct 1 or find a friend to help you. After Oct 1 teachers will not help you zip.” and by Dec 1 they need to learn shoe tying or get shoes with velcro.

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