How can I help my 3 y/o not be bored at daycare??

Veronica - posted on 06/05/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old toddler is in daycare, and they are "graded" daily by a smiley or sad face for each activity they do during the day. Every day, my daughter gets one sad face, always for circle time. Her teacher told me that the reason is because every day, in the middle of circle time activities (going through the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors), she just gets up and wanders off to find something that interests her. The teacher is convinced that she's not doing it to be rude, or because she doesn't want to participate, but because she knows all of it and is bored. Her teacher said she is the only one in the class who knows and remembers these things from day to day, so she is alone in her boredom. I will also add, that during learning time, when they are learning something new, she is all about it, and particpates. What can I suggest to the teacher, or what can I do for my daughter, to get her back to being interested??

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Louise - posted on 06/05/2012

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This is very much there problem to keep her interest. My son was the same all through school and I had to fight to get him extention work to keep his interest. I am pleased to tell you he turned out to be on the gifted and talented register and speaks 5 languages. He is now 21 and studying a dual degree of maths and french! So encourage your little one. A child with a thirst to learn is rare!

The next time your daughter gets a sad face ask to speak to the manager and ask them what they are going to do about it. They need to keep up with your childs needs and not the other way around. Be pushy, your daughter is expressing a need for knowledge so help her!

Amanda - posted on 06/05/2012

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I would speak to the day care centre and get them to crreate another activity for her to do while the others are learning these things.
Maybe get one of the staff to work on letter recognition and have her learning to spell her name.

September - posted on 06/05/2012

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The teacher should respect the fact that she is bored with these things and allow her to explore the things that do interest her. You can't make a child participate in circle time and stay engaged if the activates are of no interest to the child. I would suggest that you ask the teacher to provide other activities for your daughter while the others do circle time. Maybe while the other children are reciting their ABC’s your daughter could have a bin of letters, numbers and shapes to explore, that way she’s still doing a similar activity but on a higher level. Our 3 year old knows all of those things as well and would never be engaged in circle time if it was just spent going through the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors, however he loves to play with his magnetic ABC's, shapes and numbers. He tries to spell out words and makes fun art with the colored shapes. So that could also be an option. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2012

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Maybe you should put her in a preschool instead of a daycare. Otherwise, I do feel as though it is the daycare's place to make sure she is engaged. How many adults are in the room? Why can't one of them sit with the other kids, while another goes off to work with your daughter? Or, have they tried getting her to help? Hold cards or whatever?

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Veronica - posted on 06/07/2012

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Thanks all for your suggestions. I agree that her teachers should be working with her, and I have suggested getting my daughter to help lead the rest of the class with the teacher, and also trying to get her to work on learning to spell common words for her, since she has the letter recognition down. Hopefully we start seeing some improvement on the daycare's part, or I will be looking elsewhere for care.

Michelle - posted on 06/06/2012

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I hope this doesnt come across in the wrong way but seriously its the daycares JOB they are PAID to look after and to keep your child amused. Perhaps there are some harder activities they can do for her but you are paying them to come up with ideas not the other way around. Perhaps there is another daycare that can accommodate your little one to her needs

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