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What if my kid is ahead in reading (like can read chapter books in kindergarten), but is right on target with math. How can I get the classroom teacher to challenge her in reading?




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What if my kid is ahead in reading (like can read chapter books in kindergarten), but is right on target with math. How can I get the classroom teacher to challenge her in reading?


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Lisa @ School Family writes:
Hi Erin- Does your daughter's class have reading groups? Maybe you could talk to the teacher about having your daughter in the appropriate level. It's definitely worth a conversation - with class sizes being as big as they are these days, it's good to have an open line of communication with your teacher. Here is a great article about talking to a teacher: Talking With Teachers About Student Progress
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Lisa @ School Family writes:
Erin- Also wanted to point to a page on our site that has a lot of great information for parents of gifted and talented children: How to Help Your Gifted and Talented Child from School Family
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Teach Shakir writes:
Wow Erin that's great that your child can read chapter books already. My son was the same way with reading and math so I actually homeschooled him and my daughter until 3rd grade. Within a week of him starting 3rd grade they placed him in gifted courses. Not every parent can do this, I choose this route because I'd seen how public schools could stiffle a students growth. I worked Fri., Sat., and Sunday to make ends meet. Not sure of your situation, but I would suggest you nuture her reading with lots of books. Ask the 5 w's questions. Have her predict, talk about the book connection to herself. Do activities to go with the books. The teacher is overloaded with others and they tend to let the smart children just ride along as they boost up the weak ones. I always say home is the first teacher. If you want more ideas please feel free to ask. My children are 18, 15 and 14; book worms like their momma.
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mani p20 writes:
well i think that your child should start a reading club and read with people on her level or over to improve her reading
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Syeda7860 writes:
Have her read Harry Potter, or books you read when you were around her reading level. Maybe higher.
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bubble writes:
well tell her that you can read chapter book
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LA Mommy writes:
I have the same issue with my son. He is in the highest level reading group, and still is not challenged. I spoke with his teacher, and she was very receptive. I have found that most teachers are! We established a reward system for when he completes chapter books at home: he brings a note from me when he finishes a book, then gets to pick a reward at school. It is important that you continue to cultivate your child's reading skills at home, but equally important that her accomplishments are validated at school. My son's reading teacher also agreed to assemble higher-level reading packets for him to work on. Don't be shy about voicing your concern, it's a sure bet your child's teacher is already aware of her skills!
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