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I am not trying to snarky or braggish but I have various concerns regarding my DD's education as far as her ability verses the current County Kindergarten curriculum. I mena, I have had these concerns for a while but it is getting more and more worrisome as the year goes on! I was trying to find more information on how they would handle the discrepancy and was not able to find out a whole lot during my search.
She is currently enrolled at a Montessori School Pre-K program. She entered the program able to read very simple books and with their support she is now reading beginner chapter books ( Such as 'Junie B. Jones) . She has 'Mastered' the Pre-K program and is ahead of their private kindergartner Students in most areas. Math is her weakest subject and she is adding and subtracting, including double digits with out 'carrying' numbers, quite well as wall as learning to tell time. I don't know if any of this is considered 'gifted' but it is enough to cause some concerns for me. I worry she is going to be bored in a public school Kindergarten. I worry she is not going to be challenged. I feel she is academically ready for first grade but emotionally I know she is still five. As much as we would love to keep her at the Montessori it just isn't possible from a cost stand point.
all that aside... How do you know if your child is gifted?
How can I advocate for her next year as she enters public school? What should I expect? Besides me having to supplement at home...
Asked by But_Mommie at 6:00 PM on Feb. 21, 2013 inLevel 44 (181,582 Credits)
Answer by girlwithC at 9:15 AM on Feb. 22, 2013
Answer by girlwithC at 9:06 AM on Feb. 22, 2013
this is how one of my teacher ed books puts it
Answer by okmanders at 1:23 AM on Feb. 22, 2013
Answer by SassySue123 at 8:35 PM on Feb. 21, 2013
That so did not come out as it was suppose to. But_Mommie, here is the website- http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Ed_Bright_vs_Gifted/. This is what my son's school gave us at the start of his Kindergarten year.
Answer by JeremysMom at 7:47 PM on Feb. 21, 2013
|A Bright Child:||A Gifted Child:|
|Knows the answers||Asks the questions|
|Is interested||Is very curious|
|Pays attention||Gets involved mentally and physically|
|Works hard||Can be inattentive and still get good grades and test scores|
|Answers the questions||Questions the answers|
|Enjoys same-age peers||Prefers adults or older children|
|Learns easily||Often already knows the answers|
|Is self-satisfied (when gets right answer)||Is highly self-critical
Answer by JeremysMom at 7:46 PM on Feb. 21, 2013
I do not push her. She pushes herself and she learns at her own pace on her own terms.
These are the principles of the school she goes to, what I have always found wrong with this type of curriculum is that at the college level, there is competition and taking standarized testing and grading andf you can't go at your own pace...there is a need to keep up and be competitive......thus having to change everything she has learned in this Montessori method.
She sounds like a very smart little girl but let her be along the rest of others her age unless she feels she doesn't fit, let her decide....like someone else said fowarding her ahead of others might back fire....
Answer by older at 7:05 PM on Feb. 21, 2013
I meant, he SCored really high on his GATE tests. Stupid phone.
Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 6:50 PM on Feb. 21, 2013
D was like this last year in K. He already knew everything they were going over and got bored as hell in class. His teacher kept trying to say he was ADD, but he was just bored. She finally started giving him other work to do and letting him read while the rest of the class was working. It helped a lot. He has been a lot better this year and has a teacher that is willing to work with him. Down here they don't test for gifted until 3rd grade. Talk with her teacher next year before school starts and let her know your concerns. Hopefully you will get one that will work with you.
Answer by kmath at 6:46 PM on Feb. 21, 2013
Talk to the school and find out about their policies concerning advanced learners. Many schools will allow children to do say "2nd grade reading" but "kindergarten math." I've also learned from having a highly gifted learner that gifted children aren't always gifted in every subject and often have some form of learning disability. Some seem like extreme ADHD because their minds are going way too fast for everything around them.
My kids all went to private school at that age. DD was 4.5 when she started and it's been more of a challenge for her socially than academically (and I've found for girls, especially her it's hard to be a smart girl.) She is up there with the rest of her class, but is a year younger. It's quite the ride right now - she is 13 in the 8th grade.
Answer by balagan_imma at 6:36 PM on Feb. 21, 2013
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