1st Grade - not challenging enough?

Jennifer - posted on 10/17/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 6 year old is wonderful. He loves school and is doing exceptionally well. He is consistently getting 100 on every single test. He is reading and doing great. Should i speak to his teacher about him feeling bored in class and not being challenged?

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I would speak with the teacher and make sure you keep an ongoing line of communication. Our school has a time at the end of the day called "intervention" Basically the students that need extra help get that help and students that need more challenging work get that. Our district does have a high ability program but it doesn't start until 4th grade. My 2nd grader is reading at minimum 5th grade level and up to 7th grade and math is a breeze. We do fun extra work at home. I'm sure your teacher could give you some resources to use.

Julie - posted on 10/17/2009

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I'm in the same boat as you. Last year my daughter got tested for gifted. She passed with flying colors. She attends another school one day a week for gifted. But I'm still not feeling like she's being challenged enough. She's bored and like your son, my daughter has been getting 100's on everything. I did contact the guidance counslor and she told me the steps that we need to go through to see if she qualifies to get moved up to the 2nd grade. She does qualify according to her scores but the last question is...does the principal think that she's mature enough and mentally capable of adapting in the 2nd grade? I should be hearing on Monday if the principal, guidance counslor, and her teachers agree that she is ready and able to move up to the 2nd grade. I think you should go forward and speak with your son's teacher. Good luck!

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