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So okay, I'm looking for a diplomatically-worded way to say "can my kid please be challenged more?" without spoiling my good teacher-parent relationship or making it sound like I think my kid's a cut above (which I don't think...I know from volunteering there that there are other kids who could be challenged more as well). I will admit that I disliked parents' complaints when I was a teacher and I don't want to bring out that feeling in the kindergarten teacher. Suggestions?

I think it would be good to open a line of communication with the teacher about this and there has to be a way to do it diplomatically... Like, "I think <my kid> has a good handle on this subject - do you have any suggestions for activites/other resources I can use to help him take it to the next level?" Put it out there that you are looking for things you can do (not make more work for her.) If you know other parents of the more advanced kids they might be looking to do the same thing and requests from multiple sources might spark the teacher to come up with some leveled activities.

We are very fortunate that my DD (2nd grade) has a great teacher this year who took it upon herself to go the extra mile for my kid. I got an email last week from the teacher saying that she realizes that DD is at the top of her class and leveling out of some of the activities that the other kids are using to learn. Unbeknownst to us until this email, the teacher went to the principal for advice on how to best make sure that DD stays challenged. After that meeting she consulted with the Academically Gifted department - those services are not available until 3rd grade but she got some tips on how she could serve DD best. Since then she has created a written plan for some extra enrichment ideas for DD (and another girl in the class who is similarly advanced.) We have a phone conference next week to go over all this in detail.

We are thrilled with the way this teacher is making sure DD stays challenged. (She's a great teacher anyway.) To be honest, DD is fine with her studies and not yet to the point of losing interest but it may be because the teacher is good at individualizing studies and has been catering do various levels within her classroom all year. The extra effort is not something we expected of the teacher but we greatly appreciate it.

All this being said, I think kindergarten might be a little early to be able to accommodate multiple learning levels. For us at least, the kindergarten class was a hodgepodge of kids from many backgrounds - from socioeconomic and cultural differences to disparity between kids who had been to fancy preschools, daycare, home with mom, etc. It seems like kindergarten is more about getting everybody on the same page and learning to walk in a line, raise your hand, know colors/numbers/letters. It can seem like wasted time to an advanced kid but I think the social and group aspects of learning are as important as the academics at that age. It doesn't hurt to talk to the teacher, though, and at least feel out the issue.

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