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3 year old and following directions [Sep. 27th, 2005|03:33 pm]
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I was wondering if anyone could help me find out how well an average 3 year old is at following simple directions. The 3 year old I watch isn't following the simple directions of put crayon here, (even when I am pointing to the spot). When she is asked to do something, such as help clean up toys, she keeps claiming that she doesn't understand what I am asking her. When you tell her to put something in a box, she doesn't understand "in". She can't draw a reasonaly straight line, and seems to have absolutly no interest in learning new things, such as color names, shapes, numbers and counting. My 18 month old knows shapes and colors better then she does.

And does anyone have any suggestions on how to get her interested again? Help improve her skill at following simple directions? or am i just expecting too much?

[User Picture]From: renegade_geek
2005-09-28 12:01 am (UTC)

Re: Yikes

Looking at whole children rather than checklists is always a good idea.

Here, here! Of course the lists, like any diagnostic, serves the helpful function of allowing those unable to spend lots, and lots of time with the child (i.e. the doctor) identify problems that the parent may not, out of love for the child, ignorance, or whatever.

Really. The average 3 year old can't name any colors? Caitie already has the whole basic 8 crayola box and then some (pink, gray, etc.) In total she definately knows at least 10. Heck she sorts things by color for kicks. She's also been naming shapes for more than half a year. She can count to 15, twenty on a good day.

What kids are these lists based on?

Sorry that was a combination shock and brag post there. Hmmm...
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[User Picture]From: elfling519
2005-09-28 01:04 am (UTC)

Re: Yikes

Hey, you can brag about MY niece any day :)
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From: paulisdead
2005-09-28 01:34 am (UTC)

Re: Yikes

You are right about "lists" for sure. Sometimes it is nice to see what normal is, so that you can see how far your kid is exceeding normal thanks to your extraordinary great parenting :)
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[User Picture]From: renegade_geek
2005-09-28 02:06 am (UTC)

Just to be more obnoxious...

I was wrong. I just asked Caitie what her name is and how old she is, and she answered both questions correctly. Guess she just doesn't want to do so for strangers (and wisely, I might add). ;)

We did get into some debate over my age, however. She doesn't really understand the concept of "thirty" or "older" as of yet. Bigger, yes. Older, no.
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From: paulisdead
2005-09-28 12:48 pm (UTC)


Yeah, I just had a 5 year old tell me I was 100, so I figure that's in the ballpark.
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[User Picture]From: onecrazymother
2005-09-28 01:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Just to be more obnoxious...

I realized that while my little guy doesn't like to answer "what's you name?" He does put on motorcycle boots and do a rap thing, crossing his arms accross his chest and pitching his voice really low: "Hey Mom! I'm [name]! Watcha' Know?!"
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