All children need to learn what order to put their clothes on in. They need to know that their pants go on before their trousers, unless they want to dress up as a super hero! You can find more information about teaching the order of dressing in the information sheet and download some visual aids for the morning routine.
Buttons are a hard skill to master as it involves both hands working together but making slightly different movements. Your child will not have the skills needed to be able to do this until the age of 4.
Start by teaching unbuttoning first as it is easier. Make sure to start with large buttons and work to smaller ones. Practicing as part of play can help too, see the Button Programme for ideas. You can also practice by dressing teddies and dolls. It is easier to practice with the clothes lying flat on a table so your child can see what they are doing. Once they have mastered unbuttoning move on to buttoning. Finally get your child to put the clothes on and undo and do up the buttons this way.
Tying your own shoelaces requires a level of dexterity (using both hands together) most children don't possess until they're between five and seven, so take it slow!
This video shows the One Loop Method that most adults use.
Another good resource for learning different methods to lace shoes, tie shoelaces and stop shoelaces from coming undone is Ian's Shoelace Site.
This new method is another way to tie your shoelaces. This method is good for right and left handed people.
Before teaching your child this new modern method we would recommend you take time to practice on your own. Being confident in the method yourself will reduce any anxiety and confusion when teaching your child.
The further up the school your child progresses the more likely they are to require to wear a school tie. During primary school this may only be needed for school photographs or special occasions but by secondary it is normally expected that children wear a school tie everyday. It is important to be able to tie a tie independently so that changing for P.E. is not an issue.