I think this is the best forum to post this query in because it has to do with asynchronous development. DS is 7 and is in 2nd grade. Just attended his p/t conference and we hit a brick wall with his teacher who "doesn't want him to miss out on practice time" for his homework and wants him to write out the "sort" of all his vocab words every night. In passing she mentioned that his words were from a 5th grade list (we don't get that sort of info from public school teachers very often). His attention span for homework is probably typical for 2nd graders; high attrition of attention after about 25 min. The school district mandates 30 min OR LESS of homework for children up through 3rd grade, and I'm willing to support that (even if I don't love it). When 1 assignment takes 45 minutes, even with minimal distraction, it is ridiculously too long for the 2nd grader.
So the query is, if his math, reading and vocab are one or more grades ahead, and his physiological writing skills are at par for his grade, what options are there for helping him cope better with his assignments? We already have a couple of ideas. They do NOT include doing 45 min assignments every day. They DO include starting to let him learn how to type--I really think it may make a big difference. But the teacher was unwilling or unable to offer alternatives, and as our plans for his school year develop, I'd like to have a few other ideas for "reasonability" in my pocket.
Our school seems to have a lot of young (3 years or less) teachers; I think this is partly a lack of experience on her part. And partly a belief, however mistaken it may be, that MORE writing practice is going to get him better or faster at writing. He uses scissors well and has played with little Legos since he was 2.
I appreciate any thoughts and comments.