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Attention Spann of a 3 year old
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Attention Spann of a 3 year old

What is the average attention spann for a very active 3 yr old child?  My daughter's daycare center says that she has a hard time with circle time.  This is a time when they read a book, dicuss and sing songs.  How long is the attention spann on a very active 3 yr old, in this situation and others?  Please be as detailed as possible.  Thank you for your response.  If possible please leave references and books that I can research this.  Again, Thank you.
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Dear Gerri,

As with many aspects of child development, attention span among three-year-olds can vary quite a bit. It is certainly true that most three-year-olds are active, somewhat impulsive, with limited capacity for attending over any prolonged period.

So-called circle time, a common experience in daycare and pre-school settings, does require an amount of attention that can be a challenge to many of the youngsters. In addition, the children are often in close physical proximity to one another, and this can present its own set of problems.

However, under conditions of high motivation, three-year-olds can pay attention and participate. Stories and singing are highly reinforcing activities for most three-year-olds, and this results in most of them being able to attend well during such times.

A couple of things to inquire of the teacher are the specific types of problems your daughter is displaying (e.g., is she disruptive, antagonistic, hyperactive, simple inattentive), and what does the teacher think might help your daughter.
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