Hi All. I teach pre-k in FL (vpk) for 4-5yr olds. I wanted to ask Kindergarten teachers your opinion...(sorry this is long) I have a class of children who are academically so much ahead of where my classes have been in the past. 2/3 of my children are reading, 1/3 could count to one thousand...or more, I could write ABBCDC on the board and every student could do that repeating pattern (and lots of other combinations), 1/3 can tell time, etc, etc. In the past I haven't taught more than just simple patterns, never touched on time before, never even brought up numbers over 100. But after Christmas vacation I was having so many behavior problems and I realized circle time was not challenging the majority of my students, and so they were bored and causing problems. So, I totally changed circle time, bringing in some new things that were more challenging and the behavior issues ceased. Now, for example, when we review numbers and I have them write on the board, for the 3-4 children who are still having trouble with 11-20, I will give them one of those numbers to write, everyone else I can say "one hundred twenty four" and they can write it. I also give them harder patterns to make, words to spell or sentences to read, etc. My questions is, am I setting them up to be bored in kindergarten? I certainly don't want to do that! They just are so eager to learn new things, they just soak it up like a sponge. What do you do when you have some children who have never been in school before and are developmentally behind and others who are so advanced? How do you work with them so you are meeting the needs of each child? Thank you for your input.