I am in need of some school advice- my DS6 is highly gifted and goes to a private school. The "skinny" is that his kindergarten experience was outstanding. The teacher did an amazing job working with him- both academically and behaviorally. I could extol her virtues on and on- she was wonderful.
Soooo... First grade is not going great so far. He is coming home with math problems that are easier than the work he was doing at the beginning of K and mastered at around age four. Reading comprehension seems primarily computer based (Raz Kids?). He's not acting out but he doesn't seem engaged amd excited about his subjects like he was last year.
He's reading chapter books at home, and seems most engaged at the 600 to 800 lexile range (3rd to 4th grade(ish)). We're beginning long division- and continuing multiplication practice. Mostly, he enjoys reading and enjoys numbers (he seems to have a "knack" for how they work). This isn't to go on and on about how advanced he is, it's just to show that there may be a mismatch with his current curriculum?
I don't know what to say to the teacher- she may understand more about his reading comprehension than I do- but his K teacher put him on chapter books last Spring and his standardized reading test was 99th percentile (Gates reading test)- he's back on short readers now with Raz Kids. I do have a hard time believing that 1 digit addition and subtraction is engaging him in math.
I have a parent teacher conference coming up- those who have had to speak with teachers on these matters- do you have tips? When it comes to teachers, I have a tendency to be meek because they are the experts.