I have a 3 year-old boy who often does not want to stop playing, which I imagine is not incredibly uncommon.
Sometimes he will not want to quit playing when his Spanish immersion teacher needs him to move on to another activity, which makes him more difficult for her to manage. Instead he will insist on continuing to play and will stubbornly struggle to continue playing. At home he will sometimes display a similar behavior, though its not like we are giving in to his desire to play more. We either talk to him about changing activities, distract him, or if all else fails, physically carry him to the next activity or meal or whatever.
He was a little slow in talking clearly in English and so we take him to a speech therapist where he appears to be making good and steady progress. He seems to understand most things that are said to him, and is talking clearly more and more. But this could be part of the reason he doesn't respond to verbal commands as well. Also sometimes he can be difficult to get him to go to sleep at night, which means that sometimes he is tired in the morning. That could also be part of his behavior, so we are trying to get him to start going to bed earlier.
Other than that he seems to be in good shape physically, mentally, and emotionally, and generally seems pretty happy and plays fairly well with others. He just seems a little overly willful and likes to insist on continuing whatever play he's engaged in. He also has a nanny for part of the week, but they seem to get along fine. Though she doesn't make many demands on his behavior for the most part.
The problem is a little obtuse because its not just us the parents that's having the issue, though we have seen some similar behavior to a lesser degree, its the teacher that he needs to follow instructions from. So we have to try to improve his behavior not only in relation to ourselves but also for other care givers.
I was wondering if there were any tips or strategies for getting a 3 year old to listen to his teacher's commands to stop playing when its time to move on to another task.