DS had his first day of zoo school today. It's 3 hours long and they do crafts, circle time, learn about animals, and go into the zoo. He is super into animals and seems to love it, but I need some advice.
When I went to pick him up he was in a great mood, very happy, and ran to me to hold my hand and show me his sticker. The teacher told me he did not have the best first day, mainly in the class room part. She said he did amazing in the zoo part which she was surprised because that is the part most kids struggle with. He held the rope (they have all the kids hold onto a rope when they go into the zoo) and held the teacher aids hand when asked to and got the sticker for holding on t the rope the whole time. So good news there, but she said in the classroom he did not follow directions that well. Mainly he wanted to do his own thing and explore on his own. He has always been like this and although he plays with other kids he plays by himself very well but we need to work on him following directions. He did not do his "daily chore" or his craft. I asked her if she had any advice on things we could work with him on at home- something to help him learn to follow the more organized directions at zoo school. She did not really have advice but said if we can think of anything we do at home that helps him follow directions to let her know.
The class is a mix of 3 and 4 year olds. Some of the 4 year olds went last year. DS may be the youngest...
We do crafts and stuff at home and sometimes he is really into them and some days he is not and gets easilydistracted. All I can think of is more practice doing more directed things- less open ended. She gave me me the coloring mini book they did today since he did not do it. He fell asleep in the car and took a nap and woke up happy and I asked him to do the coloring and he happily did it right away. Any advice to help him learn to follow direction in the classroom?