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My daughter effectively skipped K (technically we homeschooled, but she was after the birthday cut-off and was not eligible to go to public K).  She is in 1st grade now and I cannot picture her as a kindergartener.  She has a reading group and reads with a few other kids at her level, math is done as a whole class (which is fine for her) and she gets a gifted pull out for an hour every day.  Socially she does fine - she's a rule follower, so that has never been and issue...
I have been told the same thing about not being able to score lower than your IQ because the questions are open ended and therefore it's not likely that you are going to get a lot of lucky guesses.   However, I spoke on the just last week with a psychologist in my area who is very familiar with testing gifted kids.  One of his comments was that it was generally easier for a younger kid to get a higher score on an IQ test than an older kid and that very often kids who...
In my state the cut-off it August 1, but that means the kids have to be born on July 31 or earlier. 
We just went through something very similar and I contacted the teacher to request a reassessment either by the teacher or the reading specialist. She was reassessed by the reading specialist and her reading level jumped by over a half year. In our case, they said my daughter could decode at an even higher level, however, her comprehension was holding her back. Because of that, they've come up with a plan for her and a couple of other kids in the class who are solid...
We applied to Kennard for my daugher, but she didn't end up getting a lottery slot. There are a lot more qualified applicants than there are slots. We received a letter about the group that runs the charter school wanting to turn Mallinkrodt into a gifted school, too. We are in the county and did not want to be a part of that, but it would be worth looking into whether or not that happened.
My almost 6 year old reads those, too. I would definitely put them in the late 2nd grade range. I looked those up a while back on the Scholastic site and the grade level equivalent scores are definitely too high. I think things like sentance structure come into play when books are assigned grade equivalents, so it could have to do with how the book is written rather than the words used that are causing the values to be off.
Our curriculum varied. We used Singapore Math for math, Hooked on Phonics for reading. For writing we first used a Handwriting without Tears workbook for letter formation and then just bought a notebook and did daily journaling. We read books and visited museums for science and studied the holidays as they came for social studies. That was pretty much it. It never really took more than an hour (excluding reading that I did, but my kids could listen to me read books...
I did that with my daughter this past year (she was just past the cut-off, we homeschooled and she will be going into first grade in the fall). She was way more than ready this year and I fully believe that it's the right choice. You really need to check with your district about whether on not that would be allowed. My state has an age cut off for 1st, which my daughter didn't meet, but they till let her do it. They also did "above level" testing on her -meaning they...
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You daughter sounds exactly like mine only mine is 16 months older. My dd tested gifted, but I don't know how much that plays into it. We've always said that she is a literalist and lives completely in the real world. Now that she is a little older, it's getting easier. She likes to do things like read, listen to stories and books on tape, color/write/draw, make crafts, ride bikes, inline skate, scooter and play with other kids. She does not and never has played...
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