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I think, if he is curious and asking persistently, he will be unchallenged during that part of school anyway. I would be concerned that working hard to put off his curiosity would just be frustrating and make him less excited about learning and he'd still be bored. I don't know that you have to lie, exactly, to the first grade teacher, but maybe planning more of a gentle, "Oh, he just picked it up, I don't know where," would be handy. Kind of like, IME, talking to people about extended nursing or cosleeping, I know there are times where I simply volunteer less information.

 

Also think it's a terrific idea to let him go deeper in other content areas like drawing, history, science, rather than math or reading basics. But if he's begging to know more phonics, he's accelerating anyway.

 

Heather



that one is a big concern of mine.

He has a trial day at the Catholic elementary on Mar 1st. i shall have a better idea on what a first grade teacher might expect after  that (I hope!). Problem is, requesting early entry, particularly for a boy, is going to light up that "one of those moms" radar.

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Kindergarten here (midwest) starts mid to late august and the child must be 5.  In fact, in most places the child must be 5 by the June or July before school starts in order to go to Kindergarten.

 

Yeah, I realize in the US kids are a few months older. Cassidy and I are in Canada, though.
 

Miranda

 

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The classrooms described are not at all developmentally appropriate.

 



They sound awful. I think keeping children back by purposefully withholding academics until they are 7 is doing them a disservice, but I am not advocating classrooms like those galaxymom describes! No matter what area this school is in, there is no way almost every kindergartner is able to work for 6.5 hours straight at a second-grade level.

post #24 of 24

I grew up in the midwest and it took me a while to wrap my brain around the age difference in Canada for school - the kids are essentially 6-9 months younger in each grade.

 

Tjej

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