Today we wrap up the big three, of what your child needs to know to be kinder ready - and today, bathroom skills.
That means your child is completely potty trained. They can identify when they need to go to the bathroom (not the last minute right now), they can go to the bathroom, remove their pants and underwear, use the toilet, use the correct amount of toilet paper (no clogging the toilet with wads of paper), FLUSH, pull up their own underwear and pants, and go wash their hands. And this means for pooping and peeing.
This is a crucial indepent step for your child. Remember a teacher can't be monitoring the class room and all of the kids, and down the hall wiping a bottom.
One other step that you may not think about is the privacy step. We don't show everyone our bottom, if we are more than one at a time in the bathroom. We close the door, we use the latch.
And of course we always want to use good and proper handwashing. Groups of kids are germ spreaders, no matter how well you clean and disinfect. They are building their immune systems, they are sharing germs, it's just a fact - so good hand washing skills really matter all the time, but especially at school.
A couple of extra things to know, for safety and success is - what's the difference in a boys bathroom, and a girls bathroom, or a everyone can use bathroom, signage. And the new auto flush toilets. Those can be a little scary if all you have ever seen is a household toilet, and it's good to know where that flush button is "just in case" too.
Until next time, take care of you!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K