Child not participating in ring time

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  1. AlisaScott

    AlisaScott Rookie

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    Hi,

    I own and run a small nursery school in Johannesburg. I currently have 7 children between 18 months and 5 years old. I go up to 12 children a year. I've got a little boy who is turning 5 and has been with me since age 2. We have a good bond and he's a well behaved child but I can't get him to sing or participate in rhymes etc. He seems utterly bored during singing rings and when we sing ABC's, Days of the week etc, I have to seriously encourage him. I'm worried that by this time he should be doing this naturally. I've also picked up that he doesn't know his ABC's, days of the week etc. Obviously we sing the songs to reinforce the concepts and he's just not picking them up. I spoke to Dad who told me he happily sings Justin Bieber in the car!! I've tried star chart rewards (or lack thereof if he doesn't participate), making him the 'leader' during songs, I've even explained to him why he needs to learn them (in child terms obviously). He hasn't really responded to any of these.
    I need some opinions - is there a chance that he has an audio perception problem, possibly sensory. Do I refer him? To what specialist at first? Is there anything else I can try? Have any of you had this happen before?
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Dont assume that a child knowing the words to a days of the week or abc song means they understand the concept. Maybe make your circle more interactive. Try oe finger plays, flannel boards, manipuatives for kds to use to show understandings.
     
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    If he's been there for three years, he might be bored with the songs if he's done the same ones all this time. In addition to everything czacza suggested, place less importance on ring time and give him instruction suited to his age.
     
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    Thank you. I should probably also mention that we do a concert every year and the songs are different each week, and each year for concerts (we've done Disney, rock through the decades, a South African concert) and he still won't participate. We do lots of finger plays but he refuses to copy the actions. I reinforce days of the week by having something special that happens on each day, for example, Thursdays we do a science experiment, we call it Thinking Thursdays. He gets those associations but can't dictate the days of the week, as an example. I also do a date and weather chart every day. He loves to predict weather and temperature. Do you think more one on one work will help? He's started doing worksheets this years for number, letter, and shapes. Is it an issue if he won't sing though? I'm worried that when he goes to grade R (reception year in South Africa), that they will pick up something I may have missed. Has anyone had a child like this?
     
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    I know it's frustrating but you can't help every child. If he is still this way next year, his school will have him evaluated and he will get extra help since they have the resources.
    My assistant started this with our kids that refused to participate and it worked: Anyone who does not participate during circle time will have to sit out during play time. Now they all participate!
     
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    Thanks for that suggestion! It worked a charm! He's participating beautifully now!
     
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