I teach first grade and have a boy in my class who skipped kindergarten. He is 5 and will turn 6 in June. He can read the words of any text-- Harry Potter, etc., but he always prefers to read easy books. I tried to push him, so we started a Magic Treehouse book together, and he couldn't tell me a single thing that happened in the first few chapters. (Even when I prompted with some questions...) He is very tiny and......5. That's his maturity level. He is hanging in there with math and writing, but is not exceptional in these areas. (Side note-- I know his parents read him Harry Potter, etc. at home and he does have good comp. when being read to.) I am meeting with the parents after school today because I kind of flipped out when I realized he couldn't comprehend Magic Treehouse. I don't know how to help these parents. Do you think it was right for them to put him in 1st grade? Are there resources where I can lead these parents? How do we know if he is gifted, or just a really good reader? I just can't imagine him in 2nd grade next year.... I know the parents are going to hold my feet to the fire, but I feel like I just don't have answers for them .