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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?
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[User Picture]From: georgiastorms
2005-09-30 02:21 pm (UTC)
I have two children of my own and I had an in home daycare for a few years. I noticed differences between the skill level of my two children and the other children I watched. I work with my children non-stop. I make games out of learning and keep them challenged.

It sounds like this little girl (possibly) doesn't see her parents very much, if they both work. If you are her babysitter every day, I would suggest you sit down with her and make games out of learning. Get on her level and show her how to color and ask her what colors she is using. She just needs someone to sit down and spend some time with her. I worked with a little girl I watched for about 3 months straight, that is all that it took for her to get on the same level as the other kids.
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