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    #182260 - 02/15/14 05:25 PM Skip a grade?
    Momof2gr8boys Offline
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    Registered: 02/15/14
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    My son is 7...about to turn 8 and is currently in 2nd grade. He is gifted and demonstrates all of the "negative" characteristics of gifted kids, especially in regard to school. He is sooooo bored and feels like school is a waste of time. He is right. The school has suggested a grade jump for next year.

    My husband and I feel like it would be great for now, but are worried when we look ahead to high school and college, being so young. Also, he is very athletic, and being 6 months younger than others could cause a disadvantage?

    I am looking for some advise from someone whose kid was grade jumped, or someone who chose not to and why.


    #182313 - 02/16/14 05:39 PM Re: Skip a grade? [Re: Momof2gr8boys]
    indigo Offline

    Registered: 04/27/13
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    For the past decade or more the gold standard in grade skipping has been the Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS). Info here - I'm familiar with up to 4 years of successful grade acceleration.

    Some positive grade skip stories here:

    Genius Denied here -

    Have you talked to your son about the grade skip?

    There are several recent threads on acceleration, including

    There are also threads especially about boys skipping a grade, including

    #182317 - 02/16/14 06:16 PM Re: Skip a grade? [Re: Momof2gr8boys]
    Zen Scanner Offline

    Registered: 07/13/12
    Posts: 1478
    Loc: NC
    Personally, I couldn't imagine sports as even a factor to consider; so, with that limitation... My eight year old son skipped 2nd grade because of his passion to learn and his needs not being met at his grade level and also because it put him into a full gifted program hat started in third. He's caught up and is surpassing the class now. He's happy and adjusted socially.

    I think there are many negative mindsets that can develop from the stifling boredom of showing up to a place that claims to be a place of learning and never learnng anythng new. However, it seems the the majority of gifted kids aren't too impacted. But the further out their giftedness is, the harder it can become.

    #182319 - 02/16/14 08:08 PM Re: Skip a grade? [Re: Zen Scanner]
    puffin Offline

    Registered: 12/11/12
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    The sports thing depends on the sport and his relative size. But it depends what you consider the primary reason for school is. Also sometimes people undo skips when the child is older and perhaps other options become available.

    #182320 - 02/16/14 08:15 PM Re: Skip a grade? [Re: Momof2gr8boys]
    HowlerKarma Offline

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    With a sporty boy, though, I can see it being an argument for subject acceleration instead.
    Schrödinger's cat walks into a bar. And doesn't.

    #182332 - 02/17/14 09:30 AM Re: Skip a grade? [Re: Momof2gr8boys]
    Momof2gr8boys Offline
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    Registered: 02/15/14
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    Sports is certainly not a deciding factor, however I want my son to be a happy kid…all around. While he is academically gifted, he still wants to be normal socially, and sports are very important to his identity. I am not hoping my kid is some major jock in high school, nor do I plan on him playing in college at all, but I want his childhood to be as normal as possible, which for my son, who loves sports, includes playing sports.

    Thank you for the articles. I will check them out.

    #182336 - 02/17/14 10:38 AM Re: Skip a grade? [Re: Momof2gr8boys]
    Quantum2003 Offline

    Registered: 02/08/11
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    One of my nephews who was accelerated two years is very athletic. The acceleration was at the instigation of the private elementary school and was a really good thing even through public middle school. By public high school, it became a bad thing due partly to the sports piece. He is very athletic but relatively small even for his age. While he still held his own with boys 2 years older and much bigger, he was no longer competitive enough to get a spot on the school team. Without the two year age difference, getting a spot should not have been a problem. I believe he would have prefered to do sports than start college at 16. So the question has to be what you think matters more to your DS as well as whether other accomodations short of grade skipping is possible.

    Edited by Quantum2003 (02/17/14 10:42 AM)

    #182337 - 02/17/14 10:50 AM Re: Skip a grade? [Re: Quantum2003]
    puffin Offline

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    Or get him involved in sports where they are grouped by age or age isn't that important.

    #182339 - 02/17/14 11:01 AM Re: Skip a grade? [Re: Momof2gr8boys]
    SFrog Offline

    Registered: 10/07/11
    Posts: 156
    Loc: IA, USA
    I know this is a bit trite, but I'm sending my DD13 to school to get an education, not play sports. Even though she is a quasi-sporty kid, that was not at all a consideration in either of her grade skips.

    That being said, my daughter did enjoy being a ten-year-old seventh grader swimming on the middle school varsity team with mostly eighth graders. And she does a good job of keeping track of relative victories - e.g. being the top IMer on the HS JV team as a twelve-year-old is quite an accomplishment, even if she is not likely to make varsity until she's a junior.

    Being competitive at sports is fun, but unless your kid is in the top 1% in ability, he'll likely be earning a living using his brain, not his athletic skill.

    For gifted children, doing nothing is the wrong choice.

    #182341 - 02/17/14 11:08 AM Re: Skip a grade? [Re: Momof2gr8boys]
    Dude Offline

    Registered: 10/04/11
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    Organized sports are usually age-grouped until at least 7th-8th grade, so it won't be a problem until then.

    In my neck of the woods, there's a mix of middle schools (6-8th) and junior highs (7-9th) that play in the same league, so there's an age cap on competition to keep things fair. In such an arrangement, your accelerated DS could be the only 9th grader still eligible to play.

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