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My DD, 4 1/2, is very bright and is quite advanced linguistically. I worry about school because she has a late birthday and misses the cut-off for kindergarten, so she will be a few months shy of her sixth birthday when she starts kindergarten. She can read and write about as well as an average first-grader right now, and that's with very little help from me. I am very worried that she will be bored to tears during reading lessons in school, and she is the kind of kid that might be a behavior problem when bored (who isn't?).
It can be hard to discuss these concerns with others because they often suspect you of bragging, or at least give you that, "oh, yeah, you have BIG problems..." look of sarcasm. Sure, I'm pleased that my daughter is bright, and I'm not above admitting that it gives me a little thrill that she's reading and writing, but I am truly concerned. I figure I'll send her off to kindergarten, be in close contact with the teacher, and see how it goes.
Serenetabbie, as far as your son is concerned, I would worry that all that switching around may not be good for him socially. I think, especially since this is his first introduction to school, that it would be best for him to be in the same class all day. If I were you, I would have him in the regular kindergarten and see how he does. A skilled teacher should be able to challenge him with higher-level reading work. Certainly there will be children with a range of abilities in his class. This is what I am hoping will happen with DD. My other option (if my district allows it) is to skip her to first grade, which is not as bad as it sounds because the youngest kids in first grade will be only a month older than her. Is your son a young or old five?
This is sort of rambling and disorganized, but I hope I've been helpful in some way! Anyway, I hear ya...