I have a dilema! I teach a preschool class of children ages 3-5. We work on a focus letter that corresponds with our current unit of study. For example, we are now doing dental health, so our letter is D for dentist. I have no shortage of ideas for our focus letters for my younger students. In fact, I have plenty of ideas for all of them, except one child. During center time, I split my kids up based on ability (I technically don't like ability grouping, but in my case, with some non-English speaking students and a wide age and maturity range, I have no other choice). Anyway, my 3 oldest kids are grouped together. 2 of the girls still need help with some letter recognition, sounds the letters make, writing the letter, etc., normal preschool level, and in fact a bit above that. Here's my problem... the 3rd girl in the group is very gifted; she just turned 4 and is already reading on, dare I say a beginning first grade level. She taught herself!! What can I do with this little girl during letter centers so she won't get bored? I've had her trace and write words that begin with our focus letter, she's rearranged letters to form words, she's read words that start with the focus letter, etc. I'm afraid that she will get bored, and I don't want to hold her back. She is VERY gifted! I do have one on one time with her (as I do with all of them) to focus on things that are at her level, but during center time, I still want to keep her as part of her group for socialization, but she's way beyond the abilities of the other 2 kids in her group. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!! Sorry so long!