i have a 5 1/2 year old girl and she started school this year well she did preschool last year and I'm concerned that she has no friends at school. this is the hard part for me we live by a lot of little girls on our block all of them are in the same age group , however, they all go to different schools. my daughter plays with them almost everyday after school has no issues. she is also in dance class and swimming class and has friends but when at school she plays by herself and tells me that there are some girls that don't like her and are mean to her. i also brought this up to her teacher and she said that my daughter was a sweet girl just really young all the other kids are turning 6 and she just turned 5 in September. I'm starting to think that it may be my fault because i don't really socialize with the parents before and after school. i do help out in her class twice a month for about an hour a day so its hard for me to have a closer look because they are usually doing centers. but she has yet to be invited to any birthday parties at school and it really makes me sad because she sees this and it makes her cry because she tells me that this one girl at school is her friend but then when that girl has a party shes not invited. i don't get it any help would be great.
The developmental difference between your average five-year-old and your average six-year-old is pretty significant. If indeed she is clearly the youngest in her class, she may well feel like a fish out of water. It is encouraging that her peer interactions in the out-of-school settings are successful. That's an indication that her basic social skills are intact. Your idea to become more engaged yoursef in the school setting is sound. It may pave the way for some more frequent interactions between your daughter and the other children.
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