Bored child??

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  1. Ashtrey

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    Hello...

    My daughter started kindergarten this year...and is extremely bored. Last year when she was in preschool, the teacher did a great job challenging her and even talked to the other teachers, had her tested for talented and gifted, and she was in 2nd grade reading groups. However, this year the teacher does not seem interested in challenging her -- they are working on recognizing letters and number...and my DD is bored. She already hates school.

    Do you think it would be rude to talk to the principal...I don't know what to do??

    Thanks,
    Ashtrey
     
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  3. spunkyteacher

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    Have you talked to the teacher first? I think I would talk to the teacher and tell her exactly what you just posted. Let her know that she is bored and she needs to be challenged more. If things haven't changed after talking to the teacher, then go to the principal.
     
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    I would talk to the teacher first. I know I hated when a parent went to the principal first before talking to me. Tell the teacher that your daughter is bored. Try to get some documentation from the preschool teacher to show that she is above grade level. If you can, bring in some suggestions that you can offer if she doesn't seem to know what to do with her.
     
  5. maroki

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    I agree that you should talk to the teacher first.

    I had a meeting after school today about that exact same thing (except I'm the teacher, not the parent). I met with the parents and the principal to discuss strategies and concepts we wanted to cover to make sure my student was challenged throughout the year. We wanted to meet before the student got bored so we could challenge him as soon as possible. I suggest you do the same; try and set up a meeting ASAP to discuss your concerns, and see what ideas the teacher has to challenge your child.

    It probably isn't that the teacher isn't interested in challenging your child, just that she possibly hasn't experienced a child that far ahead before and isn't sure what to do. Or, she is still getting a feel for how much your child knows...definitely try and meet with her before you go to the principal.
     
  6. Ashtrey

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    Thanks

    Thanks so much for the advice. I talked to the teacher prior to school starting. She asked me what I wanted for my daughter......but nothing has happened yet. I will def try to set up a time to touch base with her.

    Thanks again,
    Ash
     
  7. DrivingPigeon

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    Your post made me take a better look at my students, and I just sent a detailed email to my school's literacy specialist about differentiating instruction. I think many of my students are bored, too, and I just don't know what to do about it!
     
  8. Mrs.ABC123

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    Hi, there! That is super that your child has the ability to learn so quickly and is able to sponge up information so easily! If you don't mind me asking...how long has school been in session for? If it has not been that long (we've just begun 3 weeks) you might talk to the teacher but also consider giving her a little bit of time. I know in my school, we do not begin ability grouping, etc until all testing is done and what not until the very last week of September. Once that begins, the students will be given instruction at a level appropriate to them with appropriately challenging materials.(Each teacher at our grade level takes a level and we switch kids for math and reading.) So...that may be something to think about. Also, did your little one actually say she is bored? It may not be this way for you at all...but often a parent might tell me their child is bored when in the classroom I am seeing nothing of the sort. The child is participating actively and actually seems quite engaged. At the beginning of the year, it is so nice to give kids time to settle in (regardless of their learning ability) and really work on community building for learning to take place. Hopefully, things fall into place soon. Just be specific when you talk to the teacher....and tell her what you would like to see....good luck!!!
     
  9. cosmoteach

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    I would not talk to the principal right now. I agree with Mrs.ABC123...as teachers we are trying to have community building activities at this point. We are still just getting to know our students! I am not doing ability grouping at this time...I am still assessing my class. So, right now all of the children are doing pretty much the same thing. We have to get to know our students before we can create lessons based on their levels. Perhaps, you can find harder activities to do at home. Parents are great for helping to supplement the curriculum. You can always do things at home that are interesting for your daughter and that challenge her as well.
     
  10. KinderCowgirl

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    I don't think it's out of place to ask the teacher what she is doing to challenge the kids. If your child qualified for G/T then the teacher is supposed to be documenting modifications for her lessons in her lesson plans and ideally should be implementing those modifications.

    I had a parent e-mail me the 2nd day of school and say she wanted to discuss my plan to challenge the kids. I thought the same as the others said, the first week is basically assessment and routine, but I could still show her what modifications were going to take place.

    I would talk to the teacher again. I hate to hear children saying they don't like school - especially at this age. Maybe the teacher doesn't even realize. If she can't show you anything challenging planned, then I would talk to the principal. I will tell you it's really hard to accomodate those "high" kids in early childhood. It does take a lot of extra work and planning, but an effective teacher will do it. Many schools emphasize interventions for the kids who struggle - so stay on top of it - your child deserves to be challenged even in Kinder.
     
  11. mom2sands

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    PALS testing for our kindergarten doesn't begin until next month. That can determine a lot more about her level of reading.
     
  12. Ashtrey

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    Thanks for all of your advice. They started reading groups today and my DD is very excited. They moved her to the 2nd grade - and I think it is a good fit. Thanks again for all of your help!!
     

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