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I'm a parent governor in a UK primary school, with a daughter just started reception and another daughter higher up the school, who was reading before she started reception (so I've been in a similar situation). I've been a school governor for about 4 years so I have a pretty good idea how British primary schools work. We're in England; from your profile ...


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For a highly intelligent person, especially a child ahead of her peers in school, I find that the best remedy is reading. My wife is a teacher and swears by phonics. She taught all my children to read early, and to this day that has served them extremely well. My first is now in college, and loving it. My second is a junior in HS, but already being ...


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Most schools are fundamentally structured to teach a lot of children at the same rate. Teachers learn techniques to help that happen. Slower learners are engaged using all their senses, and given plenty of repetition. Faster learners might be given extra credit assignments that are more interesting, or the opportunity to help others (which is beneficial ...


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Sounds like you've got a bright child there, and it's good that you're thinking about these things early. Starting school ahead (i.e., starting kindergarten at 4 instead of 5) is something that is controversial, and it's unclear on what the right answer is. If it's something you're thinking about, I encourage you to do your own research on the matter. ...


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I will suggest what we do here in India for bright children. 1) put him in summer school for small kids 2) take him to zoo, museums, ancient places (like forts) , puppet show etc. Tell small stories around it. 3) importantly, tell him lots and lots of bedtime stories/tales from history, mythology, religion, scientists, mathematicians repackaged as small ...


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There are important distinctions to be made, that are getting glossed over. The most problematic phrase (to me) in your question is "impose limits to those interests". Unless the "interest" itself is dangerous (illegal, harmful), the answer is a big DON'T. It's not the INTEREST that is the problem. That said, there is only so much time, and there are ...


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I'd love to know if anyone else is experiencing the same problem and how they are dealing with/have dealt with it in the past. The organization "Mensa" has a lot of people experiencing the same problem who have dealt with it with varying degrees of success. They have some resources listed here (see esp. under Parent/Teacher resources and they have an ...


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I'm in the UK. Its a different system, but here is a cautionary tale: Someone I know was moved up a year in Primary school, but when he reached the end of Primary the Secondary school refused to accept him. He was forced to say goodbye to his classmates and redo the whole last year of Primary school. Make sure this isn't going to happen to your child.


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I was an advanced student, particularly in math, and I ended up in 6th grade working on my own from a 7th grade text, pretty much teaching myself. Once I hit high school, it was very easy to take upper level math (though I ran through all the available math classes at my school by end of junior year). The point of my experience here is that there are ways to ...



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