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I'm trying to figure out if this is normal or related to dd's fine motor skills problems. On the list of things to work on before starting kindergarten they listed tying shoe laces. Is it normal for kindergartners to tie their own shoes? I can't remember when I learned how to tie my shoes! I have added shoes with Velcro or buckles to our school supplies list.
 

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I was in first grade, about age 6 1/2, when I learned. Ds can't do it yet.
 

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I finally learned when I was over 6.<br><br>
My dd is 7 and doesn't get the hang of it yet.<br><br>
Slip on shoes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My son is six and still can't tie his own shoe laces. I am not concerned about it though. Like most things he will probably do it when he's ready...<br><br>
I would like to share with you (and the other mama's) that after you make the "bunny ear" and are going around with the "loop" if you "loop" twice the shoe will NOT come untied all day..<br><br>
Hope that is clear enough<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and hope it helps..
 

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We started practicing a little before kindergarten start this past september. She really started getting the hang of it in January and ow is a pro. It also helped that her good friend K couldn't tie her shoes and always asked Kailey to do it for her so she got good practice.<br><br>
I can't remember when I started, I think I was 5 or 6. kailey turned 6 in February of this year.<br><br>
She also double knots her own shoes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I think they can do it by 5. I say this because I did not learn until the summer before I started kindergarten (4 3/4) but this was considered late at the time (1975). My parents had tried to teach me for a while and told me I absolutely had to learn before kindy or I couldn't go. This was before Velcro, crocs, etc. Now my kids have a lot fewer tie shoes to practice on. My 3.5 year old oldest does not tie yet.
 

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Oy the velco. it was actually suggested that we NOT get kailey tie shoes for school so the teachers wouldn't have to worry about tying shoes. i said fudge that. We'll teach her to double knot them and it's what we did.<br><br>
I loathe velco and all other inventions indeeded to make things convenience but taking away learning opportunities.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think they can do it by 5. I say this because I did not learn until the summer before I started kindergarten (4 3/4) but this was considered late at the time (1975).</div>
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Funny it wasn't considered late where I lived in 1975 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> .
 

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It was also considered late if your child wasn't potty trained by 2. So what does that say about the 70's? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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DD learned to tie shoes sometime during kindergarten, though I don't remember exactly when. I was 7 or so when I learned- we think it's b/c I was left handed and my parents right handed and they couldn't teach me. Now, dd is right handed, Im left, I'm the one who taught her to tie, so maybe I was just lazy when I was a kid.
 

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Probably my school district sent them home a memo or something the spring before kindy, 'cause everybody tied.
 

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Yeah, they made a big deal about it in first grade where I lived. You had to prove you could do it to get your name on a construction paper bow on the bulletin board. You didn't want to be the only kid without your name there. Ahh, the pressure to fit in...
 

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Dd1 is 5.5 and cant do it yet. We live in Fl and she usually has a pair of sandals or flip flops on so I dont really think about it much. Lately she has been very interested in practicing tying though, with ribbons and other things around the house, I imagine she will pick it up soon.
 

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My dd was 9 before she had it totally down.
 

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We sat our twins down one day when they were 5 and taught them. It didn't take them as long as I thought it would. They seemed to grasp it fast in 2 hours.
 

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DD1 was 3, and DD2 almost has it down at 4. I was so frustrated a month ago, because DD2 wanted to learn how to tie, but her feet are still fairly small, and there were hardly any lacing shoes in her size. I finally got her a pair of Hello Kitty shoes from Target, and she loves tying them like her big sister.
 

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My son is 7 now. He also has fine motor issue - writing, hand strength, drawing, shoe tying, etc. He learned just after he turned 6, but it is not something he does often. He prefers slipons.<br><br>
I pretty much only wear slipons too, so what's the big deal? They are easy to find these days, many kids wear them. I can understand much older kids not wanting to wear velcro, but slip ons are cool at any age. I wouldn't stress about it. He goes to a montessori school and they pretty much require that you send your kid to school in head to toe clothing that he can manage independently - that includes buttons on jeans, shoes, etc. Most kids there wear elastic waisted pants (my 7 year old *still* cries when he has to try to snap or button jeans, so he wears elastic waists 99.9% of the time), slip on shoes, etc.
 
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