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#31 of 40 Old 10-09-2011, 08:26 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I know. I guess we are going to look at our options on Wed and get the dialogue going on what steps to take. He turned 5 on June 25th so had a late birthday ( to me). They believe he is at least at a 5th grade math level and 7-8th grade reading. From what the teacher recalled. The vice did some  math testing with him and the reading teacher did reading.  The principal has his results.  I am going to request actual testing and see where that goes.  His critical thinking skills are incredible. I spoke with his kindergarten teacher and she said he could multiply and divide in Kindergarten. He added up his book order the other day in his head, a bunch of 3, 5, 7, 8 dollar books all adding up to 51 dollars. He was right. He did it very quickly. Incredible.  Of course 51 for one book order is out of my budget but thats a whole other story lol.


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positive thought s please headed to talk to teacher at 3 alone.... xh can not make it.  We are going to go over test results. DS said something about starting to do math in the third grade class.


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It went very well. They have tested him at a 5th grade level tho they suspect he is able to do above that work. They are going to put him in a 3rd grade math class and eventually a 3rd grade reading class to.  That's all I know for now.


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I would continue to advocate for "grade correction" (i.e. reversal of the previous red-shirting). It seems absurd to have a gifted child held back a year and getting accommodations to bring him up to what would be his normal age-grade. Perhaps at the end of this academic year, after he's already showed himself capable with the 3rd grade curriculum in those core areas you could ask to have him placed in regular 4th rather than 3rd with subject acceleration. 

 

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I would continue to advocate for "grade correction" (i.e. reversal of the previous red-shirting). It seems absurd to have a gifted child held back a year and getting accommodations to bring him up to what would be his normal age-grade. Perhaps at the end of this academic year, after he's already showed himself capable with the 3rd grade curriculum in those core areas you could ask to have him placed in regular 4th rather than 3rd with subject acceleration. 

 

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I totally agree.  In an environment of scarce resources (presumably, that does seem to be the theme in public education across jurisdictions), it would make sense that he be included in a grade level more in keeping with his abilities, and additional resources be put to challenging him versus accomodating him in typical-for-the-age grade level.


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I think this will be a good trial to see how he does in the higher grade. I am glad school is on board now and aware of his abilities.


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Xh talked to one of the principals who knows my son and did some testing with him. He told xh that ds should be in 3rd grade. Xh and I are discussing it and going to call another meeting and see about working towards this. Has anyone done two grades in one year.... say 2nd and 3rd grade this year and then move to 4th grade next year?


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I am thinking this is what we will do. Sort of a transition year.... I think they teach cursive in 2nd grade and I would like him to learn this as I can't teach it I don't know how to write in cursive tho I guess all he would need was a workbook and could teach himself as thats what he normally does with everything.

I am coming around to the grade acceleration. thinking about why I am hesitant. I think it has to do with him.... growing up faster.... Hard to believe I could have a 4th grader next year!


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Handwriting without tears is a fantastic cursive resource (although, depending on how strict the school is, you may be better having him learn with their program).

 

Sounds like he's got some great support!

 

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