This from Aristotle Circle:

What does following directions have to do with getting into kindergarten or first grade?

Whether your child is going to take a test or attend a school date – or more likely both – he or she will have to listen and follow directions from a stranger. How well they do, helps school administrators judge their readiness for following directions in the classroom.

Some ideas for practicing common physical tasks:
  • Simon Says Games that give children explicit instructions and ask them to listen carefully are a great way to challenge your child’s concentration and encourage them to make distinctions between “do” and “don’t.”
  • Cooking or crafts Pick a craft or meal that interests your child and make it together. This will help you model how to following structured instructions that determine the outcome of the project.
  • Send them to a class or workshop
A good way to have your child practice following instructions given by a stranger is signing them up for a class or workshop that matches his or her interests.

Aristotle Circle provides referrals and consultations to behavioral therapists for any parents that have concerns about a child’s ability to follow directions or behave during an interview or assessment. We recently began offering Interactive Metronome sessions that coach children into focusing during prolonged tasks. For more information see the recent blog post.