Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16Developing personal responsibility is an important step in getting ready for kindergarten. It might be quicker for you to zip up your child’s jacket, but taking a few extra minutes to teach self-help skills will lead to kindergarten success—and build self-confidence. Things to Practice Teachers would like children entering kindergarten to be able to do the following: Get their jacket on and off without help. Use the restroom and wash their hands. Cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing. Drink from a cup and open a juice box. Operate zippers, snaps, and buttons. Properly use eating utensils. Clean up after themselves. Personal Responsibility Readiness Skills Shopping Guide You can help your child develop personal responsibility by shopping wisely for school clothes and supplies. Since tying shoes is a skill that often doesn’t come until first grade, consider buying shoes with Velcro fasteners. Make sure zippers, buttons, and fasteners are easy to manage, and that boots slide on easily over shoes. If you purchase a backpack, make sure that it’s not too large, and that it can be put on without help. 11