Okay, that title is as disjointed as my thinking on this is! Basically, ds1 is in K now (he's a November birthday, old for his grade). I'm thinking ahead to 1st grade next year and hoping he will be more challenged in school next year.
His K teacher is very nice, has tried adding in extra challenges for him (and a couple other kids) this year, but in math especially, isn't adding much. Like when the rest of the class is rolling two dice and charting the sum of the dice, the advanced kids are rolling three dice. It's a nice gesture, but at home he's adding and subracting three-digit numbers, doing multiplication, fractions, etc.
She gave him and another high-level reader in the class a nice research project where they each did a cute poster-board report on an animal. So that's cool. He can write well and read 3rd+ level so it was probably a good project for him. But he's also doing the daily worksheets with the rest of the class (find and circle the word "it" everywhere in this list, etc.). he goes along with it but I'm seeing some signs of the boredom creep in (his worksheets are increasingly filled with doodles in the margin and on the back). He constantly seeks information and challenges at home, I don't know if it's even possible for a school to meet that in any way.
This is all probably typical I know. I guess I'm wondering - what can I expect? Did things get worse for you in 1st grade as there's less "fun" and more desk work? Should I proactively find out what differentiation for him next year will look like? Is this the right time of year to bring this up? Do I talk with his K teacher, or the principal, or 1st grade teachers? Should I consider pushing for a grade-skip (my gut says no - as long as they can keep him challenged...)? What kinds of accommodation has your K or 1st grader gotten that was good in your opinion?
I know this is all over the place. I just hesitate to pick up the phone to call the school for some kind of meeting when I have no idea what I'm really asking them!