It feels a bit strange posting in this forum because I am not even sure if my DS is technically gifted but I posted here anyway because I'm sure a lot of you have dealt with this in one form of another.
DS is in Kindergarten right now. We've always known that he was academically advanced than the rest of his peers but to what extent, we really didn't know until our last P/T conferences. The teacher said that he was at least at a 6th grade level for reading and Math was at least 2-3 grades above. When we were discussing placement for next year (there are 2 classrooms... one is a pure 1st Grade and the other is a multi-age Gr. 1-2), we asked if she thinks he may be better suited for the mixed group since there might be a greater variance of work as opposed to the single grade classroom. She said that it probably does not matter since he is way above a 2nd grade level at this point so any adjustments that the pure 1st Grade teacher may do for him will have to be done by the teacher of the mixed age classroom anyway.
The Kindergarten teacher does a bit of differentiation with him in the classroom right now but she feels that his social interactions are this year's theme (at least for him). He really hasn't been exposed to a lot of kids before school so this is an adjustment for him. He doesn't have any major social issues. Just the subtle things of learning how to enter into play with others, being with a large group, etc. From talking to the teacher, it seems that the general nature of kindergarten in his school is a lot of learning about the social aspects of school, etc. There is a lot of play involved and hands-on work so DS is not bored because even if it's a subject he knows about already, it is covered in different ways (through art, movement, etc).
So I guess my question is, what should we be expecting in the years to come for him? Is there anything we should be doing at this point? Should we (the school and parents) be formulating some sort of a plan for him for the future?
I understand that he is making great strides in the social department but I wonder if these are mutually exclusive (social vs academic)? Why is there not so much a concern for him progressing academically?
Thank you for reading through.