Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pete to the Rescue!

     Well, after two and a half weeks of school, I am really getting to know my class well and their strengths and challenges are emerging.  They are VERY energetic but they are also very eager to learn.  One thing that is definitely going to be a focus for us this year is fine motor practice. Pencil grasp, cutting skills and control while writing are all over the place and are going to need some work.  Going hand in hand with this is the biggest pet peeve of many a kindergarten teacher - shoe tying.  Not one of my kids this year can tie their own shoes.  Care to guess how many shoes I tied yesterday?  I actually counted.  23!  I am not a fan of velcro shoes because I think every child should learn to tie their own shoes, but boy was I wishing for some yesterday.
     So, I decided I needed a plan to motivate the kids to learn to tie their own shoes.  Enter our current obsession - Pete the Cat!  Capitalizing on my class's love for all things Pete, I came up with Pete's Shoe Tying Club.  I'm going to send home a note from Pete inviting all of the kids to practice tying their shoe at home so they can join his club. When the kids can show me that they can tie their own shoes, they will become a card-carrying member of Pete's Club!  A certificate with their name will go up on the Pete's Club wall, they will get a membership badge and they will get to choose a new pair of fancy shoelaces.  I hope Pete will be the champion I need him to be so I can sing, "I love your tied shoes, I love your tied shoes..." If you think Pete can help you out with the Curse of the Untied Shoes, grab your kit below.
    If you have any tips to help my kiddos learn to tie their shoes, please leave a comment to help me out!
Have a great night!


  1. I love this idea! I have one student who can tie her shoes but usually I don't have any. We love Pete the cat in my class as well so I will definitely be using this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is so cute! I was thinking about doing something like this with my kinders. Thank you so much for posting! :o)

  3. I can usually find a student or two who can tie shoes and I send all the untied shoes their way! Sometimes I think it is the kind of shoelace (nylon sparkly ones untie all day long! ) and I feel like buying replacements for those kids!

  4. I LOVE this idea... all kindergarteners would want to try to get into this club! I also tell parents to double knot their new shoe tiers shoes.. they never stay tied!

  5. This is great. Thanks for sharing

  6. This is SOOOO stinkin cute! Thanks so much for sharing! I too usually have a shoe club BUT my kiddos WILL LOVE this idea!


  7. Love ,Love, Love this. Thank you. I am already tired of tying shoes.

    Can I ask where you found your clipart for your Pete. He is super cute.

    ✿Tiffani Time 4 Kindergarten
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  8. YOU ARE MY HERO! My lower back has been screaming, due to shoe-tying; I try to bend from the knees, but they are cracking, too!

    Thank you! I will institute and post pics when I get this off the ground!

  9. LOVE this idea, and will be introducing it tomorrow! (I am so tired of tying shoes ... wish they were all velcro!!)
    Thank you for your awesome generosity in sharing your wonderful ideas!

  10. Hi Gals!

    My name is Kelly Ann Wilk and I am a pediatric OT that has developed an awesome shoe tying program. We even have kits for whole class instruction! Do you want some help???? My colleague Wendy Frame and I would love to help. Please contact me personally and I can walk you through this!

    What's your function?

    1. Kelly!

      What a great resource for teachers (or parents) to use! Thanks for sharing your link.

  11. What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Thank you for this wonderful idea! I have never thought of anything to motivate them to learn except to have a friend help - that sometimes does it. Love Pete's New Shoes and this is perfect!

  13. Thank you for sharing this great idea! I am using it on Monday!

  14. Donna to the rescue! I love it and the kids will too!! Thanks for sharing your geniousness!

  15. Stumbled upon this while blog hopping!

    I will definitely try this out with my firsties!


  16. This is precious! I am your newest follower.

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

  17. How do you get the fonts to come up properly when printing this cute idea?

  18. Thank you so much! Who wouldn't want to learn how to tie their shoes? Everyone will want to be in this club. Awesome!

  19. This is AWESOME!! What a motivator for our kinder kids!!

  20. Just saw this on pinterest. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
    Primary Paradise

  21. Such a cute idea! How can I get the words to come up on the pages? All I get are black rectangles or nothing except the cute pictures. Thanks, Chris

  22. My class loves Pete the Cat so I will most definitely use this. Thank you soooo much for sharing this. This is such a cute idea