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My son was just identified as highly gifted, qualifying him for a self-contained gifted classroom. He has been in the general education classroom for K and first grade. Last year he was fine, not bored, mostly having fun learning the routines of school and playing with his friends, but this year he is really bored. He comes home with these elaborate drawings that he says he drew while the teacher was talking.... If he stays at this school, he will have the same teacher next year (looping), and I don't think any modifications will be made for him.<br><br>
So, we are considering sending him to this program, but he has spent this year being kind of unchallenged at school. We challenge him at home quite a bit, but I wonder if he will have trouble adjusting to the new setting. I am also concerned that he will be pushed too hard, given too much homework and not given enough recess and fun time. And, of course, I don't want him to stay where he is and be bored in school. We will get to tour the school and ask questions before we decide, but I wanted to hear about experiences with gifted programs in general as well.<br><br>
He will probably have a half-hour bus ride each way as well, making his day that much longer. Right now he goes to our neighborhood school. He is pretty easy-going and handles transitions pretty well, but this will be a big change.<br><br>
So, has anyone BTDT? How did your kids handle the transition?<br><br>
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It sounds really exciting for him! If he has not had a lot of time to get used to just sliding by (not being challenged), then it should be a fine adjustment. IME, it is hard to get used to challenge at a much older age, but have not BTDT with my DCs. Good luck to him; what a great opportunity. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Gifted programs are really random in content and quality so it's hard to say if he'll like it or not. Some are intense busywork bootcamps, some are prestige-oriented but not all that different from "regular" school, and a few might actually take the individual needs of each child into consideration. Personally, I would wait and see what the program is like before you commence with the worrying. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Congrats to your little guy!
 

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My husband toured the school yesterday and it seems like the learning is very theme-based, which he is getting none of now. There is also a huge focus on studio art, which is an area of strength and interest for him.<br><br>
I was not really looking to put him in a separate program if he qualified, but he has had such a mediocre experience this year, and he is supposed to loop to the next grade with this same teacher. And the other teacher for the grade is no great shakes either.<br><br>
I am going to an information night at this new school next week, so I will see if I feel any closer to a decision at that point.<br><br>
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Sounds like a great opportunity.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about him having any trouble catching up, especially only at second grade. Since each gifted student is unique, I would expect that they are experienced with being aware of each students' personal needs.<br><br>
As for too much homework, I used to just not do it. They kept passing me along because I got good grades on the tests. I guess I didn't need to do the homework to practice.
 
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