Tips on independent (un)dressing

In the first term at school on PE days it is common place for children to be seen with their trousers on back to front, inside out or even wearing the wrong trousers completely!! Therefore it is a really good idea for new September starters to practise dressing and undressing. When undressing it is good training if children keep their clothes altogether, this can be encouraged by placing a basket on the floor or using a chair to place clothes on. Try imagining 30 children all in the same uniform who scatter their clothes in various places and then the ensuing chaos trying to match children to garments. Sequencing clothes in the order they are going to be put on helps children when getting dressed. As teachers we have all encountered children who put their shoes on before their trousers and then manage to get their trousers half way over their shoes before becoming stuck!! Fastenings present challenges to little fingers and are better practised separately where children can focus upon the mechanics of the zip, button or Velcro.
Ready Steady School's Starting School box tackles all of these obstacles and includes a readymade dressing strip  to address sequencing and a specially designed pencil case to teach fastenings. Also the task card gives lots of advice and top tips.
Top Tip: Label, label, label absolutely everything!! If you use a permanent marker check name is still there after washing AND if you are likely to hand down items of clothing to siblings label using surname so that you do not have to redo name labels!!