I have homeschooled my DD since the begining. She is now 7, the age of a first grader and recently put in 1st grade at the local school. We moved into a much better district, she wanted to go and we agreed to try it out for her. I have nothing against public school, just the district we had been in.
I knew my DD was ahead of most 7 year old, but now I am seeing she is WAY far ahead. She can read and comprehend on a 5th grade level at least, she is ahead in grammar and even in math. They sent home a list of 40 sight words, and 16 spelling words. She already knows each and everyone one. They are doing 'fact triangles' in math...she can add and subtract 3-digit numbers and has started multiplication.
I have contacted her teacher 3 times, once I called and left a msg and two e-mails. She has not responded back. I want her tested, moved a grade, given more challenging work. I have even told her I will provide the work for her sinceI have the curriculum she has been working with.
I am beginging to sound like one of "those" parents that teachers can't stand to see or hear from. However I will not let my DD be dumbed down when she is easily capable of so much more.
From a teachers point of view, please tell me how this should be handled.
Answer by laura970 at 8:13 AM on Feb. 25, 2011
Answer by mrsmom110 at 8:16 AM on Feb. 25, 2011
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Answer by Anonymous at 9:08 AM on Feb. 25, 2011
I am not a teacher but I have worked in schools with parents and kids. The law, in all 50 states, is for public schools to meet the minimally appropriate standard. So if the school is meeting the needs of your child for their age and grade level...it will be an up hill battle. You can do things to assist and advocate for your child. In meetings parents had with teachers - teachers loved when parents came up with concrete and specific suggestions. Even bringing in things can be helpful. If you believe your child could move up a grade, inquire about it to the administration. I know several schools that approached parents when they believed it was in the best interest of the child so that a school they could meet the needs of the child academically. It does happen, but rarely. If a public school can't meet your child's needs, can you shop around? Some private schools are willing to be more specific to each child's
Answer by frogdawg at 10:17 AM on Feb. 25, 2011
individualized needs. For example, my son attends a private Montessori program that allows him to work on both K-5 and preschool work. If he can master the work he moves up. It is all about individual learning needs. There is also a public Montessori in my area. If your local area has school choice, can you shop for a public school? Sometimes our options are very limited due to location and finances. Inquire about a psychological evaluation, put it in writing, and specify the area of concern so that they can better decide which screenings to do. GL. And you can always supplement at home as well. I find most teachers are very receptive to parent concerns. If you don't get timely responses, let your teacher know in person you're disappointed and you are "sure there is some miscommunication" If you still don't get desired level of commuication, see the administration.
Answer by frogdawg at 10:22 AM on Feb. 25, 2011
She may be doing work at a higher level, but I think teachers also look at maturity and social interactions
Good luck with this issue, I hope it works out in a way that is best for your child
Answer by adnilm at 10:54 AM on Feb. 25, 2011
Answer by snailteacher at 7:27 PM on Feb. 25, 2011
Answer by LoriKeet at 9:44 AM on Feb. 26, 2011
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