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Skipping Resources Or Books

My son's kindergaten teacher approached me and basically told me that he is bored in class and has tested at a first/second grade level. They want him in 1st. Anyone suggest resources I can reference? I am having a hard time finding books, websites on skipping grades in school.

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 ---Kate on 9/29/05
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HI,
I would try also, cause if he gets bored, maybe he is not going to pay attention to things anymore at scool.
Just try and see;
god bless you.
Frie
---Frie on 5/16/08


How old is your son now? When my boys were entering school, I held them back a year because boys tend to mature more slowly than girls. They were bright and were placed in the gifted programs.

As a teacher, I am concerned about the your son's social maturity, and whether he will be able to hold up under the rigors of school over the long run.

Has he been evaluated by the school psychologist? I would ask for that immediately if he has not.
---Madison on 9/21/07


I skipped a whole year in school, and it did not do me any harm.
---Helen_5378 on 4/7/07


Use to I would say, "okey, wow my son is so smart yea go ahead move him on up". But now I personally don't think that it's a good idea. Make him suffer.
---catherine on 4/6/07


It depends on his maturity level too. The teachers must think he can handle it or they would not even suggest it. I suppose you can try it and if it dont work out maybe they will let him go back. Or just try it in the higher class for a day or two and see how he does..
---Sandra on 4/6/07




They wouldn't have ask you if they didn't think he could do the work the are Qualfied
---Betty on 9/5/06


My friend enrolled her son in a french immersion school, which gave him a greater challenge and allowed him to remain with his peers.
---DoryLory on 10/1/05


I am a former special education supervisor, so I have worked with both ends of the spectrum: gifted and learning disabled. Over the years, I have seen more diffculty than advantage with skipping. The most difficulty has been socially-not fitting in with classmates and treated as outcasts. If a student is truly gifted, he will find ways to learn new things on his own. For example, he will just go in depth on a topic of interest, with the extra time he has-given guidance to do that from parents and school.
---shay3373 on 9/30/05


Let him go to 1st. My son, 16, just quit school because of the same reason: he wasn't being challenged enough. He's passing his GED and going to college next fall. He's doing great!
---Jessica on 9/30/05


I am a former special education supervisor, so I have worked with both ends of the spectrum: gifted and learning disabled. Over the years, I have seen more diffculty than advantage with skipping. The most difficulty has been socially-not fitting in with classmates and treated as outcasts. If a student is truly gifted, he will find ways to learn new things on his own. For example, he will just go in depth on a topic of interest, with the extra time he has-given guidance to do that from parents and school.
---shay3373 on 9/30/05




if your son is bored in his class than I would skip in to a higher class I know my nephew was the same way my older sister got mad at the schools and home schooled him and his two sister and brother who is in regular school now. My nephew and his two sisters are now out of school and working. For your childs best interest so he is not bored put him in a class that he won't be bored in.
---Shirley on 9/30/05


Hi Kate, When we returned from a year in England, my child was doing division and reading almost anything; in the States we were advised to place him in first grade. We did. Finally when he was 13, his grades began slipping because he was BORED.....we placed him in a private school where he was very happy....best thing we ever did....at a sacrifice to us too! He is now quite successful and happy in his life's work!
---Elsie on 9/30/05


I did that back in 6th grade. My son just went from K-1 to 1-2 grade. Sometimes it is good and sometimes the kids get lost, trying to catch up to the other kids. Maybe try having your child sit in the class for part of the day, slowly increasing the work load. Keep a good eye out for any negative changes.
---geraa7578 on 9/30/05


My youngest went into first grade reading on a 4th to 5th grade reading level so we figure out that the teacher could give her some work from the gifted class so she wouldn't get bored. My daughter went into first grade with a level of reading at a 12 and when going in they expect you to be on a level 4 so she was well above her class. She is above the class work in whatever she does. That is a decision you will have to make. Good luck in what you do. Things will work out for him.
---debbie23453 on 9/30/05


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