Teach your kids the basics…

If you asked your school-age children (ages 5 and up) to tell you what your address is, could they do it?

If you asked your children to tell you what the phone numbers of your immediate family are (mom, dad, older siblings) could they do it?

What about YOUR full name, do your kids know that?

As a first-grade teacher, part of our curriculum was to teach our students their addresses and phone number. But, a few weeks of working on this isn’t enough for kids to remember it forever!

Nowadays we aren’t writing letters to people. To call each other we simply turn on our smartphone and hit the person’s name…or even simpler, look for the small picture of them.

So it’s no surprise that kids (and let’s face it adults) no longer know the basics.

If your children become separated from you, the information above will be vital to helping them to get back to you.

Phones get broken and lost, if your child doesn't know your phone number, and isn't near anyone that DOES have your number in their phone, hours of panic could occur.

5 Basics Skills Every School Age Child Needs To Know How To Do

Below are 5 basic skills that every school age child needs to know how to do, and ideas of when and how to teach them.

Was there anything on this list that surprised you?

I have had numerous people comment on the fact that my kids DO know how to fill out their own paperwork, and that they know how to sign their names.

From the DMV to the Doctors Office the staff comment on how many young teens don't know how to complete these basic tasks on their own.

Is there anything you think I forgot to add to the list?

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