I am a gifted teacher and recently completed my doctorate in gifted studies... But my own child has me all twisted up on what to do and how to continue challengaging him at such a young age as my experience is at the middle school level. He has not been formally tested for gifted because he is only 4, but as a professional I know there are some things that I could be doing at this stage to foster his ability, even if he turns out not to be gifted in the end... I am not a hufe proponent of testing early because sometimes things even out, but I at least want to maximize what I see in my own child (like we all do)
Here is my issue:
My son is 4 years old and has what my state sees as a late birthday since he was born after September 1. This means if he goes to public school instead of going on to kindergarten, he will have to repeat pre-k. To add to this issue, my son seems to be showing signs of high intelligence. Upon getting frustrated with his current school, we began investigating other private schools and are startled (in a positive way) with his test scores. We knew he could read and his current teacher has him doing addition and subtraction, he has begun teaching himself how to do double digit addition, but hasn't quite mastered regrouping. Anyway... His reading comprehension test came in at a late 2nd grade or early 3rd grade level, but his maturity level is still very much a precocious 4 year old. Having said that, we are trying to configure if we should go ahead and hold him back or continue to push and find a setting that will allow him to amtriculate on with his current class that is on time??? He only missed the cut off date by 2 weeks. He NEVER gets into trouble at school. And the one time he did, it was because he told his teacher that he already knew his addition facts and wanted to work on the more advanced addition on his ipad. And of course, myself and husband reprimanded him because at the end of the day he still must follow his teacher's orders.
What are some additional things or programs that we can do to continue fostering his (for the lack of better of terminology) high ability????