A friend and I were laughing over a parental and educational misstep that we had both made in our children’s lives. In this day and age of velcro and slip-ons, we had both failed to teach our children how to tie shoes.
Normally, children are to be taught the skill of tying shoes in kindergarten. They spend various amounts of time practicing this skill, perfecting their form until they can confidently tie their laces.
For some reason, this skill seemed to have escaped both of our attentions. It wasn’t until my oldest was in first grade, perhaps second, that she finally had the need to tie a bow and it wasn’t on a pair of shoes!
It caught me by complete surprise, that in all of my teaching, I had forgotten this one, simple task. How is it that I had forgotten to teach them how to tie a bow?
Easy; they didn’t have any shoe laces and I had always tied up the bows on their dresses. Of course their was no reason for them to have learned this skill.
I wished to remedy my failure though, so teach them I did. They learned very quickly and loved practicing their new found ability.
My youngest is now in kindergarten and the subject has arisen once again. Not a single pair of my children’s shoes have laces and my son doesn’t have anything with bows, so finding something for him to practice on is going to be interesting.
It seems I am going to have to dig out some of his sister’s dresses and have him practice on them! I am sure he is going to get a great laugh out of that. Perhaps Pop will lend us a pair of his shoes to practice on.
It does make one wonder though… Is learning to tie a bow that important, in our generation?
I came across THIS ARTICLE which brings up the controversial discussion that shoe-tying isn’t the only life skill we are skipping out on, in favor of a more tech-savvy upbringing.
While on the other hand, experts seem to believe that learning to tie your shoes is vital in early education, as THIS ARTICLE mentions.
No matter what the experts have to say about the issue, I figure that knowledge is always a good thing. So, little man is going to learn how to tie his shoes.
Do your children know how to tie their shoes? Was this mandatory by the end of Kindergarten or did you let them learn at their own pace?