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Old Today, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by lkb0714 View Post
That is all well and good, but this parent is advocating for getting special services due to the child's giftedness based on the fact the kid can read.
He also knows his money and can add and subtract in his head. So ya know...stop minimizing.

I'm joking in case it wasn't clear.

OP, I suggest you have your kid do one of those on line IQ assessments.

Another joke in case that wasn't clear either.
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Old Today, 06:59 PM
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I completely understand the fear regarding boredom in school and do believe that many smart kids feel "bored" with the level of material being taught in class when they are advanced compared to their peers. That said, I think if you nurture a sense of curiosity and creativity in your child, he can learn how to find things to do when he is "bored" (especially if you get the teacher involved and allow him to bring in interesting material for when he is finished with his work - it goes a long way to help a teacher occupy a kid rather than demanding they put in the extra work to do it.) In addition, I feel like this latest generation has a significant lack of what I call "boredom tolerance." Somewhere, they got the message that if they didn't enjoy doing things or "weren't happy", they should switch jobs/schools/cities/etc. I'm all for being satisfied in your career choice, but no matter what you do for a living, there are parts of the job that are "boring" that one has to do. Boredom tolerance is not only being okay being bored, but finding a way to creatively motivate yourself with boring tasks and learning how to creatively spend down time. The harsh reality is that gifted kids often need to be self-starters in order to get the most out of public education. The teachers rarely have the time or energy to devote to one kid out of 25, so it falls on them to come up with a way to constructively pass the time. If you help your child learn how to occupy his time when he is bored (as opposed to telling him what to do when bored), you are giving him a gift that will last a long time.

As someone who has posted frequently about my own boredom in school as a kid, that's what I wish I'd been encouraged to do. I always looked to someone else to tell me what to do and if I had realized the power and choices in my own mind, I think I would have found creative ways to occupy my time - even when I was very young.
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Old Today, 08:09 PM
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I wouldn't assume that private schools are too expensive. Make sure you go in and talk to them. Many schools work with you to make it financially possible. If you want that option, you have to try.

As for keeping a bright kid interested in school...I found that individual teachers make the biggest difference. Our kids benefit from small private schools where teachers have the time and energy to challenge them individually. Not all of the teachers did/do, but most were fantastic. There's also the option of doing some courses online while still being in school--but I'd avoid online-only schooling since most of the elementary years are about social development.
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