How do you know IF they are ready for FIRST GRADE?

I hear it a lot.
How do I know if my child is ready for FIRST GRADE?
He /she  will be six.
Is he/she ready?

Well..as a "veteran"  
 FIRST GRADE teacher,

there are a few 
lessons EVERY Kindergartner should know
BEFORE starting FIRST GRADE.


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Here are the 
5  MOST IMPORTANT THINGS
you can teach your
kindergartner
BEFORE
they enter FIRST GRADE.


First and foremost...
they need to be able to
TIE THEIR OWN SHOES!
And KEEP THEM TIED!

tying shoes

There is NOTHING worse than kids running on the playground
tripping on 
THEIR OWN SHOELACES!
I cannot teach 25 students to tie their shoes.
Parents...please...teach your kids to tie their shoes!



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In first grade...they will might..maybe will,
LOSE A TOOTH!
They will might have a "wiggle" tooth.
I WILL NOT PULL IT OUT!
"I promise not to put MY hands in YOUR mouth,
AND you will NOT put YOUR hands in MINE!"
Please..discuss this AT HOME!


If your pants are too BIG...
get a BELT!
Not a belt with multiple straps, or a buckle that requires PLIERS!
PLEASE..a belt that can be put on 
and TAKEN OFF...QUICKLY!
Odds are..if the belt needs to come off...it needs to come off  FAST!
Parents, please...teach your kids how to use it!

belt

Pencils are for writing with..
NOT CHEWING ON!
They are NOT TEETHING RINGS!
Please keep them (and most other first grade tools)
OUT OF THEIR MOUTH!

chewed up pencils
and last..
and MOST IMPORTANT..

I am your TEACHER.

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You may call me Mrs.
You may call me MOM.
I answer to GRANDMA.
may  probably will answer to GRANDPA.


Treat me kindly.
Say nice things.
Be Polite.
Follow our rules.
Smile.
Give me a hug.

And we will have a wonderful year in
FIRST  GRADE!

OK..kindergarten parents...
GET THEM READY FOR FIRST GRADE! :)

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