My oldest daughter (age 11, 5th grade) tested at a middle of 8th grade level for both math and reading... she also pass way above average on science, language and math for the state tests.
I knew she was very bright in math and above level in language but didn't for the life of me think she was testing 3 years higher than her grade level. She's not very mature so moving her up a grade is out of the question bc socially she wouldn't fit in.
I met with her teacher today to see what she does in class to "challenge her" and there is nothing put into place for it... her teacher only does groups with an assistant for "low" students. (shes a first year teacher... I work there also as a teacher and most of our "seasoned" teachers include "advanced" groups as well. DD was in them last year... but nothing this year.
I am a bit irritated by this as I always want my daughter challenged higher... if shes testing at 8th grade math level and reading... then she should not be just doing basic 5th grade math.
She will be in middle school next year so Im hoping she will get some AP classes at the new school. but I feel guilty for not pressuring her to be pushed higher. She never has homework cuz she finishes it at school, she never ever studies for anything, she finishes her work early in class... then gets out her "6th grade workbook" she got from home for xmas... ill have to get a higher one next time.
What do you do at home to push your child to their ability level without making them feel like they are doing "extra" work?