Anna - posted on 06/19/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )
My 6 year old daughter started kindergarten when she was 4, she was bored the entire year. As a first grader she'd often come home from school and when I would ask her about her day she often said they just did stuff she already knew. The teacher told me a couple of times throughout the year that my daughter was doing this or that and getting into trouble or was just being snotty, so I talked to her about it and it stopped. My daughter finished 1st grade having all A's on her report card all year (yes, I'm a proud Mom!).
We have now moved to a new state. She will be going to a new school (hopefully better) and making new friends (where she won't be discriminated against because of her skin color). I've told my daughter over and over again that school here will be different than where we moved from.
So the other day, my 6 year old comes up to me and asks me, "Mom, why can't you homeschool me? You're a teacher. You can teach me."
My response: "I could homeschool you but you are worried about not making new friends, I want you in public school so that you can make lots of new friends. Also, I want you in public school so I can volunteer in your classroom and then I'll be able to get a job in the school a lot easier (we moved without me having a job)."
She says school was boring where we came from and it will be boring here too. And her reasoning behind this is "I'm smarter than all the other kids."
On top of it all, the school she will be attending just RIF'd their GT teacher a year ago.
My daughter won't be 7 until October...so she's already a grade ahead of where she should be based on her age. My husband suggests we see if she could skip a grade, but I don't want her struggling with what might be possibly too hard for her on top of adjusting to a new school...yet this might be a good time to do a skip because she is adjusting to a new school.
What's a Mom to do? Any suggestions would be great.