My 4yo son is in 4K and obviously way, way ahead of the curve. He has 'behavior problems' that are likely due to boredom. He taught himself to read at age three and just the other day started doing division in his head. "Half of ten is five, half of eight is four, half of two is one..." I asked him if he learned that in school, and he said no, he just knows it. I don't know where he picks this stuff up. His dad and I are divorced and we both lead busy lives, so DS is not being 'hothoused.' I barely have time to read to him every day, and have been discouraged from talking about DS's giftedness because people are like, "Yeah right, your kid is gifted just like every mother thinks her kid is gifted." So I've just let it all slide through 4K. DS is in trouble at school (on yellow) just as often as not -- for goofing off. He's not being bad or mean, just the class clown and being hyper. His teacher thinks he might have ADHD.
DS's 4K teacher has acknowledged that he is ahead of the curve. He had all his K skills down halfway through the school year. She said he can do anything they put in front of him. I've noticed that about him. He went through a phase where he had to learn all about electricity and soaked it all up like a sponge. Yesterday, he was using stickers to make an 'electric' circuit to light up a sticker lightbulb. He gets it. He asks provocative questions like, "If lightning is made of electricity, then where are the wires???" I had to teach him that electricity is natural and that it 'lives' in the clouds. I also remember making a mental note that he had reached ALL of the 3yo milestones by the time he was 18 months old. He even potty trained himself around age 2. Just all of the sudden REFUSED to wear a diaper or pull-up, and had only a few accidents.
Is it a good time to have him tested? What testing? What can I do? I don't like the K teacher he will have next fall. Just bad vibes, and other people said she's snobby. It's about 30 kids to one teacher. I'd rather send him to a bigger school with smaller classes (about 15 kids) plus more support staff in my neighborhood, but his dad is refusing because he wouldn't have him any overnights during the school year. I can just forsee Kindergarten being a train wreck for DS. But I guess we will have to send him there.
I also forsee him being grade skipped in the future, but I think K is important because it teaches kids how to be a student. I think he could skip first or second grade. Our city's gifted program doesn't start until second grade. And another wrinkle is that he is probably the youngest kid in his grade already. His birthday is two weeks before school starts.