Shoes on the wrong feet

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Stephthegreat Mon 17-Sep-18 22:41:26

Ds has just started Reception and is good at changing himself for PE but struggles with his shoes.Today he came home with his shoes on the wrong feet, I don’t know whether this is normal? Is it right to think that the teacher should check this? I am worried he might trip over or fall in the playground.

The class is very small so I think it’s possible for the teacher and TA to check surely?

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FlibbertyGiblets Mon 17-Sep-18 22:42:55

Not really. Do the sticker thing. I'll find a link.

HannahnotAgnes Mon 17-Sep-18 22:45:18

Totally normal & usually clothes on back to front too for my DSs. They soon learn.

Nix32 Mon 17-Sep-18 22:46:17

I'm a Reception class teacher. Today I had two children arrive at school with their shoes on the wrong feet. Did I mention it to their parents? No. It happens.

FlibbertyGiblets Mon 17-Sep-18 22:47:13

this is the idea use any sticker cut in half.

Ohyesiam Mon 17-Sep-18 22:47:17

It’s a normal
Part of learning.

Finfintytint Mon 17-Sep-18 22:49:04

Quite normal. I have a lovely photograph of me in primary school in 1971 with my shoes on the wrong feet.


shouldwestayorshouldwego Mon 17-Sep-18 22:52:23

One of mine put her shoes on the wrong feet more often than the correct feet! I would have thought it would be at least 50:50.

user789653241 Mon 17-Sep-18 23:18:12

Mine used to do that too. And I don't think it's teacher's responsibility to check.
Quite funny, but I really wondered if he didn't feel uncomfortable!

Yokohamajojo Tue 18-Sep-18 08:47:51

My DS2 did that for quite a while when starting school, he obviously couldn't feel that it was wrong so not uncomfortable for him. I am sure he will learn shortly

Pigletin Tue 18-Sep-18 09:26:16

I regularly put my son's shoes on the wrong feet. Big deal. If he's uncomfortable, he will let me know or change them himself. It's part of growing up and learning so fine by me (my son also just started reception).

PermanentlyFrizzyHairBall Tue 18-Sep-18 09:29:43

This is normal - just practise at home, he'll soon get there himself.

DunesOfSand Tue 18-Sep-18 09:31:14

Do the half a sticker, or draw a smiley face - half in each shoe -with a sharpie.
We used to get buttons all misaligned on pe days. They all get there eventually.

GrimSqueaker Tue 18-Sep-18 10:10:57

DD2 still does this now - she has issues with tactile sensitivity so doesn't feel they're "wrong" at all. Now she'll respond to you saying "banana feet" and swap them over - but doing it herself... nope.

Couple of things that work for us. If the inside sole of the shoe is pale coloured, a sharpie and an arrow inside each shoe so that when they're on the floor the correct way around the arrows point together works (like > < )

If the inside of the soles are black - we use these I tried the normal sticker cut in half thing last year and it just didn't stay put with the walking that she was doing in them. These have so far stayed put - but we do have to endure a nice little good morning chat to the zebra on the stickers where she tells him she's going to make his head go into his middle and make him sad before she lets him have his stripes back together again... (It's DD2 - you just roll with the bonkersness)

Last year because of her additional needs (she has dyspraxia) I did have an arrangement with the teacher that they'd try to glance at her feet and just yell "banana!" at her if they were on the wrong way around but she still came out with them on the wrong feet most days! (I'd only asked because her coordination and falling over were such issues anyway that I didn't want to ADD to the trip hazards) She also gets a gentle head start on changing for PE and an adult usually finds something to be needing to be done in the classroom near where she's getting changed to gently prompt her the order to do her clothing in (sequencing is a big issue with her).

It's normal for them to come out looking like they've just fallen through a pile of school uniform, often still wearing half of their PE kit along with their uniform on PE day though.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Tue 18-Sep-18 11:18:43

Once walked behind a yr1 child with entire uniform on backwards so the shoes thing is very normal.

PatriciaHolm Tue 18-Sep-18 11:40:01

DS came out with his shorts on the wrong way round once ;-)

It's normal. The teachers and TAs have a thousand other things to do and the children need to learn anyway. It's no big deal.

reluctantbrit Tue 18-Sep-18 13:10:02

It may be annoying but it is part of being a reception child. They need to learn to do it themselves and the teacher and TA really do have other things to do. Ours may suggest a second look to a child if they spot something but they don't check all children all the time.

zebedeetwinkle Tue 18-Sep-18 14:29:38

I'm a teacher in foundation stage and often kids put their shoes on the wrong feet or jumpers round the wrong way etc. etc.
If I notice I always tell them. (However a lot of the time they take the shoes off and put them back on the wrong feet smile) But I can't go around checking every child's shoes!!!

Definitely agree with the sticker thing!! And they just have to learn how to figure it out!

legocardsagain Tue 18-Sep-18 19:34:40

Normal. My DS had PE first thing in Reception. He would always come out of school with his polo shirt on backwards and the collar tucked inside. I figure teachers can't start redressing all of them so just ignore it. Parents will then work on it with the child, otherwise how will they know there's an issue?

2 yrs on and DS still puts his shirts on backwards and often refuses to correct it. hmm

ShatnersBassoon Tue 18-Sep-18 19:37:46

It's normal. The staff haven't been negligent.

PoxAlert Tue 18-Sep-18 19:59:11

Best one was the time my DD came out of reception with her polo on backwards and her cardi on top. She looked like a vicar.

Her teacher apologised to me like I was going to be upset. Quite the opposite it was fabulous.

I used to draw half a picture in each shoe that lined up correctly if they were the right way around.

Don't do it anymore but DD actually mentioned yesterday morning she missed it and wants me to do it again.

I've done smiley faces, hearts, butterflies.

RavenWings Tue 18-Sep-18 20:01:08

No, it is not the teachers job to go around inspecting children's feet. They have teaching and learning to get on with.

PhilomenaButterfly Tue 18-Sep-18 20:03:14

The best one was DD coming home with her jumper under her pinafore dress. I'm still not sure how she fitted the dress over. confused She's in year 6 now, and today had her first school swimming lesson. She came home with one sock on.

Smurf123 Tue 18-Sep-18 20:44:16

I'm a teacher.we just had a parents morning where we told parents we would like their help in encouraging their children become more independent in dressing / undressing themselves. We told the parents to please not worry if their kids came in with trousers on back to from our jumpers wrong way round etc etc as means the children have tried themselves.. Same goes with shoes..
In saying that if I notice shoes on the wrong feet I will praise child for putting their shoes on themselves and then help them change them over to the right feet.. But in a classroom full of kids sometimes you just don't notice (or you notice as you send them out the door to parents and by then it's too late!)

Witchend Tue 18-Sep-18 21:16:48

Quite normal.
Ds in reception, and still sometimes in year 1 was often shoes on the wrong feet.
However he consistently had:
shorts/sweatshirt on backwards and polo shirt/socks on inside out.
It was so common that I almost wondered if he did it on purpose.

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