This is my first post - and I'm looking for some advice/suggestions from parents who've been done this path before!
DD just turned 6 and is in kindergarten. She started reading before age 3, not just sight words but actually reading. When she moved to a new daycare at 3y3m the director freaked out because she could read their internal memos, not just picture books. We had her IQ tested, WISC IV, at age 3y7m, and she had a score of 135. There were no resources in our area but we lucked into a preschool with great teachers who worked with her as much as they could.
We met with the principal before she started school to give her an indication of what was coming at her and to request that she put with the most appropriate kindy teacher. We did NOT ask for a specific teacher. Of course we got the "I'm sure your daughter is special, they all are" line which I'm betting you're all familiar with. Sure enough, two weeks into the school year we had a request to meet with her teacher. The first response was that she's ready for 3rd grade - I wasn't ready for that! What actually happened is she meets with a small group (4 students) of accelerated 2nd graders working on 3rd grade reading curriculum. They've also pulled together a small group of high functioning kindergartners to meet with one of the counselors once a week to work on enrichment activities. She also meets with another counselor with two other kindy students to deal with perfectionism issues.
So, while I think the school has done what they can for her I'm beginning to get concerned for next school year. She's just gone through the first phase of testing for the gifted program. She took the NNAT and received a perfect score. The next phase is is another IQ test but they wouldn't test until she turned 6. She's currently reading at a 5th grade level. When we broached last fall the possibility of acceleration to 2nd grade, her teacher wanted to take a wait and see approach.
I've been biding my time to see how she does on the upcoming IQ test because I wanted to go into any discussions armed with scores from their own assessments. However, they are giving 2nd graders at the school the Terra Nova assessment in the next couple of weeks and I think I'd like her to take that. If she scores well on that I'm not sure how they could deny acceleration.
I know that socialization is going to be a part of any acceleration discussion and I'm not concerned. Because she's been working with 2nd graders and participates in afterschool activities with other kids in that age group, I've seen her in action. I truly think she'll be fine.
What are your thoughts on advocating for acceleration? Help!