Posting in here because it seems to fit the situation. Our dd's 5th grade teacher felt she was ready for algebra this (6th gr) year, and so we "negotiated" or "discussed" with the math dept at our middle school and the counselor, they looked at her scores, grades, and considered, and said OK. I still have some apprehension, although her older sister did just fine taking Pre-Alg in 6th and Algebra in 7th. I'm just worried that there will be a hole in her learning that we have to fill.
SO, in addition to support with the workload, which will be a lot for a 6th grader, any thoughts or ideas to help make this work for her without actually doing the work for her of course. She WANTS to take it, she WANTS to finally enjoy math like she did in 5th grade, and was really worried that she would be bored again like before. She saw her sister take Alg this year; she saw how much homework her dsis had and so she's "informed." Her amazing 5th grade teacher really helped his kids stretch and we SO appreciate her learning experiences there. I just have some apprehension because although I have not spoken with the math dept. chair directly about it, I know she doesn't really like 6th graders in Alg. She's rigorous, but also an excellent teacher and dd1 had a great time in her class learning. I just don't want the deck stacked against our 6th grader.
So, any ideas/thoughts are greatly appreciated, OR just a word of "it will be fine."