Familiar story, probably. For some reason I can't get to a solution or just need some help with what I should approach the teachers with. DS is 8, in public 2nd grade, one of the oldest in his class, but not the oldest emotional maturity-wise, and we've begun OT weekly for his activity level and body awareness issues. (In other words, they do not consider a grade skip as making sense at this time.)
He has two teachers at school, one for math in the morning, one for literacy in the afternoon. Social studies and science figure in there somewhere, I hear. The main problem is math. For months and months now the homework he brings home is a worksheet for drilling 2- or 3-digit multiplication. Over and over. There was some discussion of him moving onto some long division (he wants to! and he asked me how so I showed him and he wants to practice). I hear he's doing some single-digit division at school. The homework has stayed the same. Arrrg! He loves math, gifted in math (we did test this past summer - he's at the level of understanding of a 7th grader in math and is at least a few grades ahead in reading level). This is not cutting it, and we have talked to the teacher a few times about it. She points to standardized tests that show he has improved (from way above average to way-way above average) in these math fact skills this year, so what she's doing "is working".
I am now considering (planning?) to pull him out myself for an hour at least a couple times a week during the regular class math time. Has anyone does this before? Should I do our own math at that time, or give him a break to just run around at the playground or at home! We live a 2-minute walk from school. Do you think I need to officially get permission to be partially homeschooling or just let them know "I'm taking my kid out for an hour 2x week by the way"...
The afternoon is literacy. There are two group levels, with a lot of new english learners in the lower level, and more than half the class in the upper level. This is not exactly individualized, the way they have claimed to be. He told me last night that they have to wait and listen while many other kids get a chance to read out loud... and that they read so slow and choppy it's hard to even understand what the sentences are when kids read, and it's boring, so he reads ahead. But then he doesn't know where to stop reading and gets bored waiting, so he does something else (doodling, etc.) and ends up not having read enough. Or the teacher sees him reading ahead and tells him to go back to the page that the class is reading together. The book is a fine level, probably, for working on the depth and skills they are aiming for (questions about character, themes or whatever) but that huge group and the way they do it is really holding him back. If it were me, I'd have pairs of two kids of similar reading level/speed reading to each other maybe? But I can't change the whole way they teach! What would you do or say to the teacher here?
This was long, sorry, but in my head I go around and around with this, and never know what to really do about it. I can't homeschool right now. My husband just started his own firm, working from home, and with kids in the house (brother is in K and of course would also love to be homeschooled - his teacher this year is generally better at meeting his need for challenge though), he wouldn't get any work done. I am also helping out with the firm, so I need work time too. Also, ds creates so much noise and energy wherever he goes. His speed and intensity all day is another reason I don't think I could homeschool him, even if I had the time, just for my sanity, really. An hour here and there, though, I could probably handle. So -- any words of advice or ideas on how to structure my own "pull-out" program? I'm starting to just tire of the whole idea of public school.
Editing to add another question: I'm blanking on what math he *could* be learning. I've showed him almost everything I know!...He's not going to do calculus or geometry proofs right now (apparently I don't remember much that I did before high school!), but is algebra next? Is there some cool math that I'm forgetting exists?