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dropping in from ddc jan 2013.Posting this for my sister anyone with advice or ideas this would be helpful. my nephew will be 6 January 5th and just started kindergarten. He had friends and was "popular" in his preschool class however now that he is in his"big kid school" he does not have those friends anymore.(either parents decided to not put them in school for another year or in a different class.)He is having a hard time gaining friends(other than one of our cousins kids who happens to be in his class.) One of the boys knows A LOT of the kids and so they "stick together" however that one boy does not like my nephew so he gets picked on. (dont know why he doesnt like him) My nephew is a bigger kid he's not fat his percentiles are 75 height & 75 weight. she is afraid that he wont be able to make friends and will be socially awkward since he is so outgoing now but still gets left out or made fun of. Any ideas or advice would be appreciated thank you.
I would suggest talking to the teacher about her concerns: #1 - the bullying. That is something that should be addressed as soon as possible. If she could keep a log of the times her son talks about it, that would be helpful. #2 Ask the teacher how he seems in class. Maybe he is doing better than your sister knows. Maybe he does have a friend or two that he gets along with. If not, maybe by bringing it to the teacher's attention, she will keep an eye out and encourage interactions with different children so he gets to know the other kids in the class.
Also, if he's not getting the positive social interactions he needs at school, maybe there are after-school or weekend activities he could participate in, or he could have playdates with his old friends.