My son is in 1st grade and is doing well. My issue is that the teacher has been giving his class school work and homework that, I feel, is way below his level. By this I mean doing connect the dots worksheets up to 15 and basic shape work. My 4 year old in pre-k can complete his brother's homework. At least one of the other mother's feels the same way so I know that it's not just me. His kindergarten class was pretty advanced as a whole and they finished the Kinder work several months ahead of schedule and did 1st grade work the last several months of the last school year. I'm confused because his teacher is known for being pretty rigorous academically. I'm not one of those moms that just thinks her kid is brilliant and I don't want to be one of those moms that cause trouble all of the time but I do want my kid to be challanged. He was tested for the gifted program and didn't make the cut and I'm totally ok with that, but it would be nice if he could learn new things. His teacher has told me that he is one of the best readers in his class and when I was volunteering in his class I was grading math papers and (yes I peeked at the names to find his) he got the second highest score on the test.
1. There are new kids who have come from other areas so maybe there are widely varying levels of abilities in the class.
2. It's only been a month since school started, maybe she is trying to boost the kids confidence by doing easy stuff before moving on to harder stuff.
1. Talk to the teacher now and risk being labeled the bothersome parent. I wouldn't care about what she thought about me but this teacher also has a reputation for playing favorites and taking things out on the kids.
2. Wait 3 weeks until parent-teacher conferences and voice my concerns. In the meantime work with him on my own to find him more challanging material (Does anyone know of any resources for this?)
Thanks in advance for reading/responding!