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Building Independence

Independence builds confidence!  Children want to show that they can do things themselves, and hate to wait for someone to come and help them, especially if it means it is stopping them from going off to play with a friend.  During these times, with social distancing continuing in school, it is also important that children are more able to do things for themselves, without the need of an adult.  Is your child confident to do these things independently?
Practise putting on their coat
Can they do up the zip or other fastenings?
Practise putting on their shoes
Make sure they can fasten them by themselves.  THIS INCLUDES TYING LACES!
Can they get dressed independently?
Practise opening snack and lunch boxes
Let them open drinks cartons and practise putting in the straw
Can they open wrappers on food?

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