I just got home from dropping DS off at school (kindergarten). His normally busy teacher pulled me aside and said she needed to talk to me.
She said that she just tested him again and his reading level has again shot up to a level I/J which is at 2nd grade level. Already he is on 1st grade curriculum in the class and this work is boring for him. He was tested before kinder and was 97th percentile. He also is doing complex math and so fourth, spelling, etc. He is a little sponge and just soaks things up.
In a few months they think he will be moving on to 2nd grade work. The school district doesn't offer a gifted program until 3rd grade and I can't afford to send him to private school.
They rarely skip grades as well in this district but everyone thinks that we are gonna have to. I have some concerns with this:
He is already one of the youngest in his class turning 5 one month before kinder started. He is the smallest kid in the class. I think that he is learning valuable things so I'm afraid that by skipping him he will be not only the smallest kid in the class but also the youngest by far and miss out on social aspects that he hasn't yet developed. For instance he has an issue of finishing up projects and getting bored and chatting and distracting other kids. I also want him to be a kid while he is a kid, KWIM?
So, what do you think? We do all we can at home which is a lot of supplementing. The teacher is doing all she can. Is it wise to skip a child? Will they have issues later in life not being socially ready?
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