I'm browsing around the internet to find ideas how to help my son who is just turned 6 and is in Kindergarten.
I just want him to be happy and enjoy school, but instead his mood lately keeps going downhill. He's having problems at school because he's refusing to complete his work, especially coloring. He hates it! He says his brain is working really hard on getting it done, but his hand just can't do it. So he sits there and the teacher has to constantly warn him to finish his work. I volunteer in the classroom sometimes and I just see him sit there, his head down, trying to get through the day. He is a well behaved child who aimes to please, he's very social but has hard time sitting still at times. It breaks my heart to see my happy and excited little guy not wanting to go to school anymore and just trying his best to get through the day. His teacher is very sweet and tries to be helpful but says she needs him to complete the tasks she gives him and he just refuses to do them! She knows he's advanced but it's her first year teaching in elementary and she's still trying to figure out her way around the classroom.
My son has never been tested. I think he might be gifted and am at a loss how to keep him happy and excited at school. He's a constant mystery to me. He only had 2 words in his vocabulary when he was 20 months old, started letters and counting and recognizing numbers at 2, way before talking in sentences. He refused to sound out words or attempt to read up until he was almost 5. Then he decided to start reading, without ever sounding out words or instruction about phonetic blends. He started reading chapter books few months after that. By looking at books he chooses and doing some simple reading and comprehension tests he reads and comprehends comfortably about a 3rd grade level now. He picks up on math easily as well. Seems to comprehend some of 2nd grade math pretty easily. I don't work with him much, he's very independent and prefers to do things on his own. I just try to supply him whatever he's interested in.
How do I keep him happy at school? I don't want to push the teacher and tell her that he's advanced and needs more challenging work, I'm afraid she'll think that I'm just another mom who thinks her child is special. But I want him to be happy and see him suffering!