But they can be torture for a shy child. Some children simply can’t bring themselves to do anything that makes them the center of attention.
If this sounds like your child, schedule a time to talk with his preschool teacher. You can do much to help.
At home, give your child some extra praise. Let him know you are proud of the drawing he made, or the tower he built. Let him hear you tell this to others, too. Encourage the teacher to do the same.
During group time, ask the teacher to find your child some job to do. This is a way to ease him into full participation. If he doesn’t want to sing, maybe he can turn the pages of a song book.
Shy children also benefit from activities where some children perform and others are in the audience. He needs to feel it’s okay to do either one. Just give him all the time he needs to get comfortable. Sooner or later, it’s likely that his natural curiosity will get the best of him. He will want to try performing too.
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