My daughter does NOT want to go to school...
My daughter is 6 years old. She will be starting 1st grade next week at a new school, because we moved cross-country over the summer. She is very bright and is already reading fluently at the 2nd and 3rd grade level. She also has advanced math skills. I'm a preschool teacher, working on becoming an elementary school teacher. We love to learn new things together. So, whenever she's been interested in a topic, we go to the library and research it. We find out anything and everything we can about the topic. Because of this, she has advanced knowledge of lots of things in school.
Last year, she went to 1/2 day Kindergarten. She was bored. The teacher gave her extra worksheets to work on when she was done with her classroom work, but they were out of the same workbook my daughter had completed the year before at home with me. I didn't push the issue too much last year, because I knew that Kindergarten academics would be too easy for her. But, I still think she is socially immature.
Now, we went to the Back to School night tonight and her teacher was very nice. My daughter opened up right away to her, which is very rare for her, because she is normally very shy in new situations.
All summer, I've been promoting school and how much fun she was going to have in 1st grade, because she was going to learn new things and have recess. We went to the playground over the summer, so she could be excited about it.
But, she says she doesn't want to go to school because school is boring. Any ideas or suggestions? As a teacher and parent, I feel education is top priority. But, I'm worried she'll be bored and start acting out in class. Or that she will drop out as a teenager, because she's bored (which is what my mother did in high school.)
What can I do to help my daughter be more excited about school and enjoy it more?