Building back pack skills in preschool

One thing I didn’t think to spend any quality time on at the beginning of last school year was building back pack skills. As the school year went by, it seemed that I was constantly having to help my students stay organized and inevitably, papers were always being left in cubbies or dropped on the floor on the way out the door. So this year, I spent time during our first week of preschool helping my students build a few basic back pack skills…

Building Back Pack Skills

If you think about back packs, they come with pockets of all sizes and shapes. They have zippers everywhere and then there are straps to put over your shoulders so you can carry all things in an upright position. But the big question is, do your students know how to zip up those zippers? Do your students know how to organize their things and in all of those different sized pockets?

Building Back Pack Skills

After watching my students on the first day of preschool, I could easily see that they understood how to wear their back packs but how to organize and put their things firmly inside their back packs needed a little help. So throughout our second day of school, we worked on our back pack skills…

Building Back Pack Skills

Part of the skill building process included knowing where their take home mailbox was so they could easily see what to take home at the end of each day…

Building Back Pack Skills

And part of the skill building process was figuring out where to put big things versus smaller things and then learning how to zip up zippers where needed…

Building Back Pack Skills

This is definitely not a ‘one and done’ kind of lesson. Back pack skills take time but by taking the time to walk each child through the process has given us a great start. I can already tell the difference by week two of school!

Building Back Pack Skills

Links to Grow On

Classroom Management on the First Day of School

Preparing for the First Day of Preschool


By |2017-03-29T11:38:03+00:00September 12th, 2016|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

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