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I've noticed a lot of Montessori classes start around this age. The child can become completely involved in his work when he is interested, to the point where he doesn't hear anything.
It's a good thing. I know it doesn't seem like it to you right now, but he is learning focus and is being interest driven, which fosters a love of learning.
The natural consequence for you, mom, is to work with him, not against him. You know that this is how he is right now, and you know what you need to do when you want his attention - go over to him, touch him (to announce your presence), say what you need to in about 5 words in a clear, polite voice(to work with his comprehension skills) and have him repeat it back (so that you know he was listening and the information is being processed).
Mom to DS(8), DS(6), DD(4), and DS(1). "Kids do as well as they can."
I can understand when he's involved in something he may not hear me. What I'm talking about is when he actively walks or turns away from me when I know he hears me, basically choosing to ignore me. He does NOT get a timeout when he's doing something interesting and I know he isn't paying attention to anything else.
The natural consequence is for you to gently walk over, get down on his level and say it gently where he can see your face.
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