G’s IEP was a dream meeting.  The whole team was smiling and giggling secretively as they told us they had ‘exciting news’ to share.  We had approved a round of cognitive testing earlier in the month and started getting into the results.  They handed us a graphical representation of a bell curve and started highlighting where G fell for various categories.  99% here, 99.6% there, “90% here, but he was in an opposite mood that day,” they said apologetically.  They further apologized that they couldn’t give him the test designed for 6 year olds because they weren’t allowed to, being that he’s 5 1/2, so he never hit the ceiling.  I learned the ceiling is defined as 4 missed answers in a row, thereby ending that section of the test.

I felt like I was in an alternate reality.  We weren’t discussing aggression issues?  Opposition to teachers?  What about social skill deficits?  Problems relating to peers at an age-appropriate level?

Then they dropped the big bomb.  They recommended G skip 1st grade next year and instead advance to grade 2.  Admin approval had already been received, they only needed a decision from us.  We spent the rest of the meeting discussing the pros and cons.  G’s teachers report he has been much better behaved since they started pulling him out for classes with the 1st and 2nd graders.  Challenging his mind seems to focus his body and attitude.  He attends a 2nd grade recess after his math class and gets along well with the big kids.  He rarely gets into the same physical altercations he routinely experiences at kindergarten recess.  He’s a big kid so there’s no noticeable size difference between him and the current 2nd graders.  He might just be among the taller kids in next year’s second grade class.  Being in the 2nd grade class would provide a more stable routine, as he wouldn’t be pulled out for advanced work as often.  If he did still qualify for gifted classes, he’d go with the other gifted 2nd graders so it would be the same peer group.

I was worried about his weak social skills and brought up many questions.  But it seems that he does better among the older kids.  One theory is that they model more advanced skills for him to emulate.  They had a list of accomodations ready to go, including having aides present during unstructured times like on the playground, having extra movement breaks built into his day, and accomodations for writing assignments, as his handwriting skills are on the mid to low end of age-appropriate.

We slept on it, but decided this is too good to pass up.  Our little G will be going into second grade next year.  We better accelerate our college savings plans!

Published in: on May 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Hi 😀 Just a random blog reader. You’re an inspiration 😀

  2. Yeah for you guys!! I must say I’m a little jealous….our school would never consider anything like this. Where do you live? I’m moving there! LOL
    My daughter scored the highest any second grader has ever scored on a reading test at our school and they hardly did anything extra for her!! (She reads at an 8th grade level)

    I’m so happy for you! You should be SO PROUD!!!!

  3. Thanks for your comment on my blog. 🙂

    You know, I was skipped from K into first a couple of months in. I love that G gets to skip in between years. That ought to make the transition much easier for him. I want to move into G’s school district too.

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