Jenelle - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
I have a son who has always been academically advanced. He was multiplying numbers in preschool and when he was tested in first grade for reading, he was beyond the second grade level. We didn't know he could read. He is in third grade now and he has tested at a sixth grade reading level and his math scores were way up. No other third grader was even close.
I have looked a various web sites that describe the characteristics of a gifted child and he meets all but three or four of them. I also found a site that compared Bright VS Gifted and he would fall into the gifted category.
The issue I have is that his teacher doesn't want to test him because he has some difficulty getting along in small groups. I know what she is talking about because my husband and I are his Den Leaders in Cub Scouts. He tends to be bossy and doesn't appear to be paying attention. But, when you ask him questions, he knows the answers, so I know he is listening. He sometimes seems to immature. According to my research, all of these characteristics are not unusual for gifted children.
I have emailed the teacher to get a better understand of her concerns when it comes to his social behavior but I have not received a response from her yet.
I would like some suggestions about how I could help with his behavior and/or convincing the school that we should test him. He will not be allowed to work with the gifted teacher unless he is tested and is gifted. I'm concerned that he is becoming bored in school.