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Oh I am so mad about that budget cut proposal.  Thanks for reminding me I can do something about it....and thanks for the links!  I recently befriended a woman with a gifted kindergartener, and maybe we can come up with something together to help our kids.  I also have an email out to the elementary gifted coordinator in the district to see what she has to say.
Thanks, I will join the listserve.  I was told there was no gifted program in the school at all until junior high. 
Yes, I am in RC. I also grew up here and we had a great gifted program.  In fact, I went to the same school as my DS.  It's considered one of the best elementary schools in the city.  The laws changed about 5 years ago, and the gifted program is no more.  I do know several homeschoolers (my 2 best friends HS and are part of the coop) here and know about the coop.  The classes offered would provide very little for my DS (legos was one of the classes). It seems the school...
A little background: My DS (7 years old) is bright.  I'm not really sure how bright because our state and district has no testing services and no gifted programs.  His birthday is right after the cutoff, so he is slightly older for his grade (1st).  Our district does not allow early entrance, and children need to be 6 to enter the first grade. He started reading a little at age 3, and was a true reader by the time he entered kindergarten.  He now reads at least at 4th...
I have an only child who started first grade last fall, and right now I SAH.  It's important for me to be able to take him to and from school, so full time work is out for me too.  I was signed up for a teacher cert. program, but backed out because of the time commitment.  Honestly, that was a great decision.  I volunteer at my local food coop about 5 hours per week(split between 2 mornings), One morning a week I volunteer in my son's classroom, and I also help out in...
Scour your local thrift stores.  I find bags and tubs of loose legos all the time.  We love both the kits and the loose legos.  I found the millenium falcon at a thrift store and had a blast putting it together.  It was only missing 2 pieces that weren't essential.  I let my son put together the simpler kits (he is 7), but I don't mind helping out on the more complex stuff.
My DS is in the first grade, and I can see how much of a disaster it would be if the students were not ability grouped for certain subjects...especially reading.  Some students go to the reading specialist, and have really come a long way (I volunteer in the classroom helping the kids read).  If they had to be the the middle group, it would be disastrous. They really need that extra help.  The kids in the advanced group (the kids have no idea what group they are in at...
My DS started wondering around age 5 when he became a pretty good reader.  He noticed the box on his previous years gift said, "Only Available at Toys R Us" or something similar.  He started asking questions, like "Does Santa shop at stores?" I realized he had a bigger question on his mind, so I said he should just ask it.  I told him the truth, and he didn't believe me for awhile.  Then he asked about the tooth fairy, and wanted proof.  I showed him all of the teeth he...
Yes, I agree with those that say volunteer in the classroom. I'm pretty sure parents are allowed to drop in anytime at my DS's school (elementary). I do drop in on days I volunteer in the library (I help out with the kindy class, and my son is in 1st grade). The students aren't distracted by me much because I volunteer twice a week in the classroom as well. They know me, and so does the teacher, so it's not a big deal. I do, however, try to drop in during recess so...
My DS is 7, and I miss him too. Not all the time, but quite a bit. When I'm busy, it's nice to not worry about him...but I do enjoy picking him up everyday.
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