My child is a pretty smart kid. I figured she was on track for kids her age maybe a little ahead but not by much. She reads very well, writes and does simple addition and subtraction 1 and 2 digit w/o carrying and place value stuff... starting to read a clock and write stories... that sort of stuff. She was in pre-k last year like 85% of the state. Granted we also taught her stuff at home. She has been in kinder for 3 weeks and is bored to tears as they are going over letter sounds, number order and colors/shapes. I tried to talk to the teacher and she blew me off saying that DD was learning classroom rules and how to make friends for the first half of the year and that is all they would be focusing on until after the holidays. My daughter is plenty social and learned classroom rules in Pre-K! I asked if they could pull her in more challenging work or if we could test her social/emotional and academic scoring for her to move forward and they told me no she has to complete kinder. They won't let her skip a grade completely or by subject until first grade. Plus the gifted programs don't start until 2nd grade.
This seems stupid to me. Why do they make a kid who is obviously ahead of the class stay behind. I thought all these crazy No child left behind acts were supposed to help kids get an appropriate education. Does this seem right to you? That they are refusing to allow her to work at her level in math and reading? Granted she needs to work on her handwriting skills and there are, I am sure, other things she could pick up in kinder I just hate she is not being challenged at all and the school is okay with it. Why?
Asked by Anonymous at 9:48 PM on Sep. 5, 2013 in General Parenting
Oh, God, you are one of those parents. Just because your child is ahead or smart, doesn't mean that they are gifted. Smart and gifted are two different things. Only a few states actually require kindergarten. If you feel that they are not meeting your child's needs look into private school, home school, or supplement with enrichments at home. Finally, it is only the third week of school. It does take time for the class to get in routine and for the teacher to evaluate where everyone is. Give it time.
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Answer by NotPanicking at 10:08 PM on Sep. 5, 2013
Um, she is receiving her free and appropriate education.
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