Hi there. I’m new to your group, and desperately looking for resources. My daughter turns 5 next week and is reading at a 4th-grade level already. I see some advanced aptitude in math and science, too. We’re wrestling mightily with whether to send her to kindergarten at the neighborhood elementary (test scores there aren’t great, high poverty, high ESL rate, no gifted program until second grade) or keep her in the Montessori school where she’s been since age 2.5. It goes through kindergarten. I feel like this next year could be a really crucial one in either fueling or dampening my girl’s love of learning.
We’re trying to balance a million different issues. Whatever we do for her, we want to be prepared to do for her little sister, who also seems to be shaping up into a smart cookie. We are just breaking even right now as we pay two part-time Montessori tuitions, and the kindergarten class there costs more, so I’d have to work more hours, and is that really best for our kids? … and on and on it goes. We could “choice” into another public school or even another nearby district, but those options are also complicated when we start thinking about transportation issues. Right now there are just so many choices, and none of them are perfect – I’m overwhelmed.
I think my first step probably needs to be a meeting with the local public elementary’s principal. I’ve already seen some good ideas in this forum, like asking how the teachers handle differentiation and whether there are any split-level classes.
But anyway, mostly I wanted to say hello, and please chime in if you know of questions I should ask or actions I should take. Thank you.