Ellen - posted on 04/08/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )
DD is 3yo and we've been catching her reading things here and there. This morning 6yo DS comes in and says that DD is spelling cuss words and won't stop. Her name spelled backwards is a cuss word for part of it. So 3yo is enrolled in a center that learns through play - very classroom like but not strict academics. The class she's in is 3-5yo and they typically stay in it for the 2 years prior to kinder. The center does offer a kinder class but they like to stick to the same age requirements as the school district. We have tentatively approached the director about early placement in the kinder program (1 year), and got the brush off. Comments about how she's not like our son - no she's not she is very uniquely her but she's still way ahead of the curve. Comments about how because she's a girl she'll conform instead of disrupt like DS did. I think they are hopeful that I'll just let her sit in the room and hang out while they work with the other kids and she suppresses her abilities. The more I think about it the more I think that I want to put her in the kinder class no matter what they say. If they say no I might have to look for another center - hard part is that her BFF is there and it's the one they've been to their whole lives. It's just hard to keep her in a class where they are still doing letter identification and not consistently when she's putting letters and sounds together to read and spell. She can count to 30 (end of year kinder is 100). What do you think?