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  • LilyGomez

    I would recommend to take your son to the library more often and have him check out books of his interest. Then have him read the books to you out loud. Practice makes perfect. :)

  • Cate

    Last year in first grade, my grandson was tested and could read at the 5th grade level. He could add, subtract, multiply and divide in the hundreds by the age of 4. He can now add and subtract in the millions. The school isn’t doing anything special for him. The local private school has a worse record than the public school. What do you recommend. He’s bored of course.

    • angelamontenegro

      I suggest finding a montessori school if you can. They learn at their own pace and encourage those who are ahead to challenge themselves. If that isn’t a possibility, meet with the principal and his teacher to work out extra work for him. If he’s as far ahead as you say, he should breeze through the usual assignments in minutes and then be tasked with a harder, extra-credit assignment. If the teacher isn’t willing to go that extra mile, then asked for a teacher who will. Usually they find kids like that a joy because they are like sponges.

      There’s also the option of getting a tutor who provides harder assignments for your child to do, or having him go to an online school where they go at their own pace. I know several children who do that and they do very well.

      Some schools have worked with Mensa to provide gifted children with harder assignments that challenge them. See if your local chapter has a program like that. If not, maybe they can recommend something.

    • Al

      Khan Academy will help him with his math and have him bring a good book to school to read.

    • Christine Nguyen

      If his growth continues and this is a constant problem in future years, I suggest getting in contact with his teacher who may spearhead tests and meetings with the principal, and school psychologist to see if advancing to the next grade level would be advised. GATE programs don’t typically start until the third grade, but with the right recommendations, your grandson could skip to the next grade level and find better academic challenges that way. They typically will skip children along if the child is advanced in all subjects and can achieve all standards for said grade level to be skipped. They will also assess maturity and socializing skills.

      My experience is that I skipped a grade as a child and my son recently skipped a grade as well, this past school year.

  • Tonera Whitaker

    I used to love reading. I want to get back to that, and, I wish to pass it on to my “sun”.