To Button, Zip, and Tie

Getting dressed on time in the morning can be a real challenge for many of us, but it is particularly difficult for young children who have to contend with buttons, zippers, and shoelaces when their fine motor skills are still developing.

When families are trying to get ready to leave the house at a certain time, parents will probably ned to help young children with the dressing process. Preschool children want to be independent but get easily frustrated when the buttons won’t do what they want them to do or the zipper will not cooperate. That frustration leads to an even more stressful morning.

Helping kids learn to contend with the logistics of buttoning buttons, zipping zippers, and tying shoelaces is best done during less stressful times. Concentrate on one skill at a time. Work together and assure children that they will be able to do this with practice. As a parent, you might want to consider shoes with Velcro fasteners, as well as other clothing items that young children can manage more easily as these skills are developing.

Learning to control hands and fingers according to information received from sight is a coordination skip that will aid children in early attempts of reading and writing.

We adults can provide many different opportunities for children to develop these skills. Dressing and undressing dolls and dramatic play with clothes that have buttons and zippers are good for practice. Activities such as shaping play dough, stringing beads, and placing pegs into pegboards also enhance the fine motor skills needed for dressing.

With appropriate experiences, your child will gradually mater all the intricacies of getting dressed and undressed.

Source: Family-Friendly Communication for Early Childhood Programs; Deborah Diffily and Kathy Morrison, Editors; Copyright © 1996 by the National Education for the Education of Young Children

Registration for 2015–2016 School Year

Our registration for the 2015–2016 school year is open.

We have openings in the following classes:

  • 2s Ms. Jodie’s Friday (9:15–11:15 a.m.)
  • 3s Ms. Jodie’s Monday/Wednesday (9:00–11:30 a.m.)
  • 3s Ms. Jodie’s Tuesday/Thursday (9:00–11:30 a.m.)
  • 4s Mrs. Martinez PM Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (12:45–3:15 p.m.)
  • 4s Mrs. Miller’s Pre-K Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday (9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

If you are interested in registering your child for classes in the Fall, please follow these steps:

  1. Download and complete the 2015–2016 Registration Packet.
  2. Be prepared to pay the non-refundable $70 registration fee.

Then contact the class coordinator for the class you’re interested in here:

Emily W. 2s and 3s Coordinator Click to email
Kyla O. 4s Coordinator Click to email


A good preschool meets the educational and developmental needs of the children it serves. At Community Preschool, children are given the opportunity to play alone and in groups. There is active play balanced by quiet activities both indoors and out. We encourage creative expression through language, movement, listening, and discussion. We also encourage children to learn through sensory experiences and play materials with different textures.