Accelerated programs are a common solution for parents and educators considering educational options for a gifted child. The technique frequently used to accelerate a program is to have a child “skip” a grade. For instance, a child demonstrating a high learning ability may be determined as ready for a more advanced school year – moving directly from first grade to third grade. When determining the feasibility of this accelerated program, all aspects of the child’s growth and development must be considered in addition to their ability to learn.
Having a high learning ability, or being identified as gifted and talented as early as kindergarten, is not uncommon. Many gifted and talented children are quite precocious, demonstrating mastery of “first things learning” and social engineering as young toddlers. It is important, however, to not skip over kindergarten. Invaluable lessons in learning environment and social interaction with peers are central in the kindergarten year. If you are concerned over the possibly inadequate academics, consider enrichment from home. Always keep an eye towards the old adage that “play is a child’s work,” and let your kindergartener initiate a home learning experience.
The Columbus GT Parent Connection: Is your child demonstrating a high ability to learn at an early age? Contact the Columbus City Schools to find out what you can do to enrich your child’s experiences before you can enroll them in kindergarten.