How can I get my child to follow directions in school?

Q: I have a 5 year old that just started school. He went to preschool and did not receive any complaints from the teachers. This year, however, he is getting notes sent home saying he is not listening or following directions and talks when the teacher is talking. Any suggestions on how I can stop it now before it becomes a bigger issue?

A: Teachers today often have so many kids in the classroom that it's important you help her to understand your child, and how he best responds. This sounds like a teacher issue. Let her know -- immediately -- that you're concerned, and would like to schedule a conference (without your son present). Help her to help him -- and if you don't get progress that way, involve the school administrator for more help. Ask her for specifics on what she's seen in your son, what she's tried, and what seems to work. Don't wait until the end of the year -- stay on top of this so that it doesn't turn into a bigger problem. You want your son to have a great school experience!

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