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Listening and Following Directions

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Q: My son just received his report card. He was convinced he was doing great in kindergarten. That was almost true: Almost every measured skill was marked "Good progress" except "listen to and follow directions," which was marked "lack of progress." He was very disappointed and cried all morning. I haven't spoken to the teacher yet, but I don't understand, either. How can my son do well on tests and make good progress in general without being able to listen and follow directions?

A: Listening and following directions are important skills that span several areas of child development. For example, they are essential in the ability to learn in a group, to follow along in a lesson, and to understand the information being given. Since your son is doing fine in his educational work, it appears that he is using his listening skills well for that purpose.

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