Carrie - posted on 06/21/2013 ( 51 moms have responded )
Our daughter has been advanced from an early age, she taught herself to read at 2 1/2, and i mean READ books, not memorize. This was our first clue. She has been in preschool where they advanced her as much as they could and said upon leaving, "Don't be suprised if they want to skip a grade with her". When registering for K they offered a voluntary test where she was off the charts on every subject. She spent her first year in public school in a K-1 (1st gr. dominant) class, one of 6 kinders. She has only done 1st grade and above work and stayed at the top of the class all year. We have enriched her learning all along by doing Dance, Gymnastics, Music, Violin (yes, they make violins that small!), and extra math online which she thinks is games. EVERY teacher that has come into contact with her says she is VERY ADVANCED and wants to move her forward because she gets it so quick and can move on. Now back to school, and the Principal doesn't want to advance her because in her TWO experiences in her career of advancing a child, 1 of them needed attention at 4th grade. We have an amazing support system in our family, her 2 grandmothers volunteered in the classroom all year, 1 of them every wednesday spent the entire day volunteering in the class all day and never missed a day. I was their Arts Attack teacher all year. I could go on and on, but we are at the point where the principal is refusing to even entertain the idea of advancing her because now "it's too late", mind you the teachers' recommendation to advance her was submitted 3 weeks ago, whereupon we immediately requested a meeting with admin. and were told they would let us know. And there the sticky note with our name and number sat, and sat, and sat. She has finally granted us a meeting on Monday, but has already taken the stand that she will not advance our daughter and that next year as of October that all the students will have their own iPads to accelerate at whatever level they want. Ok, so handing my daughter an iPad and saying go for it is the answer to teaching now? What about what is being taught by the teacher in the classroom that she has already heard for an entire year and mastered?? What about the fact that she has spent the year with children only 5 weeks older than her and has developed close friendships with them? I'd hate to think that my daughter is being used as a way to keep the 1st grade scores up for the school...and yet this is only scratching the surface.