Well, we met with the principal and he was awesome and very supportive of advancing Olivia. Then he said he had to meet with her teacher. Her teacher does not seem to like her and she has made comments to Olivia about how she isn't as smart as she thinks and that she needs to stay in the proper grade or she won't learn enough. So we had a meeting with her, the grade 3/4 teacher and the principal on Monday and it did not go well. Idiotic arguments used were that because she already knew all her times tables that doesn't mean she still doesn't need grade 2 math because she probably doesn't know what it means, she is just reciting numbers. I told them they were wrong and that she can do word problems and that if you say to her what does 5 X 7 mean she would know that it is 5 groups of 7. But they didn't appear to believe me. Then they said that even though she has learned 166 complex spelling words in just over a month that she still doesn't really know them because she can't use every single one in a sentence. Seriously? I can't even use bhangra in a sentence. And they took out one of her journels to show that she doesn't know little words because she wrote "plaed" instead of "played" in a journal entry. I told them obviously she had just made a mistake because she has known how to spell that since she was 4. But again they acted like I was just being a pushy mom or something. I didn't stand up for myself or my daughter and I am ashamed of that. I was just so dumbfounded and their arguments were so ridiculous that I didn't know what to say. They said if she skipped grade 3 there would be HUGE gaps in her learning and she would have trouble all the way up through college. Yeah, okay. So the current teacher says she will let her do enrichment stuff, like doing higher level computer games for math and language arts when she was done her other work. But the last two days Olivia has said that she asks the teacher when she is done and the teacher says she can't right now. And even so I don't like that solution because it still maintains that she has to sit and do work far below her level before she is allow to do anything that challenges her. March break is this coming week and I am going to formulate my argument properly and go back to the principal and tell him that I am not happy with this at all. They said they will assess her about 2 months into third grade. You mean after she has spent 2 months doing work that is too easy for her? After she is 2 months into the year so you can say to me that she can't switch into the middle of the year. They are worried about gaps in her learning. Fine. I am going to tell the principal that I am going to homeschool her over the summer. I am going to get AOP Lifepacs (I know they aren't the best curriculum but this is just a short term thing) and do the entire 3rd grade curriculum over the summer. It will probably take her about a month. I am going to tell him since they commonly take homeschooled kids that they will have to accept this as proof that she has completed the 3rd grade and that they will need to start her in the 4th grade in September. I will keep all her work and take it to them in mid-August if they insist to show she has completed it. If she had been homeschooling all along they would accept that she was going into 3rd grade based on her work level and not worry about her age so there is no reason this situation should be any different. I think it's unfair that she has to do this but she loves to learn so much that she will find it fun and then at least she will be able to advance to a proper level. Yes, it will put both her and her brother in grade 4 together but he is fine with it and so is she. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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3/10/10 at 9:14pm