My son is 7 years old and in 2nd grade. He has been classified as a gifted child this year (by the school) and will test for the Very Gifted program later this month. We have known he was gifted ever since he started kindergarden (actually before), but they didn't actually test him for it until this year. He says that he is bored in class and school is too easy. The teacher has advanced him to a sort-of teachers aide (after he finishes his schoolwork). He has been helping tutor the other kids in his class and is in advanced math (4th and 5th grade math- and still with 100%'s).
The question I have is how many of your children have been classified as gifted? Have these children jumped a grade? Would you let your child skip a grade (if the school approved)?
I want to keep my son interested (he REALLY wants to jump a grade). But I do not want to have him pushed to hard or fast, so that he would loose interest or get frustrated.
Answer by spottedpony at 10:43 PM on Jan. 12, 2011
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Answer by Anonymous at 7:37 PM on Jan. 12, 2011
I think lots of kids are gifted and should be pushed beyond regular class lessons to keep them interested. I would put him in the gifted program and not skip any grades.
Answer by dancinintherain at 7:55 PM on Jan. 12, 2011
when i was in the gifted program in elementary school we usually were pulled to do different work and only did the regular class stuff when it was pe, music, arts, etc. so being bored with the work wasn't really a problem. i don't see what the point of having them tested for gifted programs is if they don't pull them to do different work. anyway, i went to college with someone who skipped a grade. he said it was terrible because he was younger, smaller, etc. and he got picked on alot. i would make sure that the school is providing him with appropriate work and then keep him in his 'normal' grade for the social aspect of school.
Answer by princessbeth79 at 8:19 PM on Jan. 12, 2011
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