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My gifted child is feeling bored and unchallenged at school, how can I work with their teachers to provide more advanced material?

Hi everyone,

I have a gifted child who is currently feeling bored and unchallenged at school. My child excels academically and is always craving more challenging material to learn. I'm looking for advice on how I can work with my child's teachers to provide more advanced material to keep my child engaged and stimulated in the classroom.

I want to make sure that my child continues to grow and learn at a pace that suits their abilities. I would appreciate any suggestions on how to approach this conversation with my child's teachers and what steps I should take to ensure that my child's educational needs are being met.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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sydnee63

Hello,

I had a similar experience with my gifted child and found that being proactive was the key to addressing the issue. I reached out to my child's teacher early in the school year to highlight my child's academic abilities and suggest more challenging tasks.

I also looked into gifted programs in my area and enrolled my child in one that offered more specialized, advanced materials. This helped my child stay engaged and challenged beyond the regular classroom activities.

Additionally, I set up regular meetings with my child's teacher to check in on their progress and discuss any further support they might need. This helped me stay up-to-date with what was happening in the classroom and provided an opportunity for open communication with school staff.

I know it can be frustrating when your child is not being challenged academically, but I would recommend being proactive and advocating for your child's needs when possible. Keep in mind that every child is unique, and what works for one child might not work for another.

Best of luck to you and your child.

reta02

Hi there,

I can totally relate to your concerns about your gifted child feeling bored and unchallenged in school. I had the same issue with my son, and I know how frustrating it can be for both the child and the parent.

What worked for me was setting up a meeting with my son's teacher and discussing my son's academic abilities and their interests. I also shared my concerns about his lack of engagement and asked if there were any additional resources or assignments he could do when he finished his regular work early.

The teacher was very receptive to my input and recommended several online resources and gifted programs outside of the classroom that my son could participate in. They even offered to create a special curriculum plan customized for my son's abilities.

It's essential to approach the conversation calmly and respectfully, but also be persistent to ensure that your child gets the help they need. I hope this helps, and best of luck to you and your child.

casper.christopher

Hello,

I also faced a similar situation with my gifted child who often felt bored and unchallenged in school. One thing that really helped us was using technology to supplement my child's education.

I used various online platforms such as Khan Academy, Duolingo, and Code.org to provide additional resources and assignments that were beyond their grade level. My child was able to use these platforms to learn advanced concepts in math, language, and computer science, which allowed for a more personalized learning experience.

Moreover, we participated in online communities or social media groups that focused on gifted education, where we could find a supportive and like-minded community. The experience was particularly beneficial for my child, as they had the opportunity to connect with peers who shared similar interests, passions, and abilities.

Using technology for learning is becoming increasingly popular, particularly due to the rise of remote learning amid the pandemic. As a result, there are many resources available online that allow for self-directed learning and personalized instruction. I would suggest looking into the various options that are available and finding one that best suits your child's learning style.

I hope this helps, and I wish you and your child all the best in their educational journey.

qsatterfield

Hi there,

I completely understand where you're coming from with this issue. My child is also gifted and had been feeling bored and unchallenged at school for quite some time. I found that communicating with my child's teachers and expressing my concerns was a great first step.

What helped me was bringing some examples of the kind of advanced material my child was capable of and asking the teachers if they could incorporate that into the classroom. I also asked for recommendations on additional resources outside of the classroom that my child could benefit from.

I found that my child's teachers were open to my suggestions and were willing to work with me to provide more advanced material. It's important to remember that teachers have a lot on their plate, so approaching them in a respectful and constructive manner could go a long way.

I hope this information helps, and good luck with working with your child's teachers!

ereilly

Hi there,

I too have dealt with the challenge of having a gifted child who was feeling bored and unchallenged in a traditional school setting. One of the things that really helped us was reaching out to other parents of gifted children in the community.

We were able to connect with a network of families who also had gifted children and who had experience advocating for their children's needs in school. They offered valuable insight and resources that we were able to use to support our child's learning needs.

Additionally, we researched alternative education options such as magnet schools, charter schools, and homeschooling to find an environment that better suited our child's needs. This led us to enroll our child in a program that allowed for more individualized learning and encouraged self-directed projects.

I want to encourage you not to be afraid to explore alternative options for your child if traditional education methods are not working for them. It may take some work and research, but finding the right learning environment for your child can make all the difference in their educational journey.

I hope this helps and wish you the best with your child's educational journey!

lmann

Hello,

I also had a similar experience with my gifted child, who felt bored and unchallenged in school. I found that scheduling a meeting with their teacher and discussing their strengths and interests was an excellent first step in creating a more engaging learning experience.

I asked the teacher to tailor specific projects or assignments to best suit my child's strengths and interests. We also agreed to provide extra materials and resources for my child when they completed their work early.

Moreover, we found additional resources outside of the classroom, such as online gifted programs, reading lists, or clubs, which helped to sustain the enthusiasm for learning. My child was able to meet with other students who shared similar interests outside of the classroom, which was another great way to stay motivated.

It's essential to remember that every child has different needs, and the trick is to be an advocate for your child's needs, figures out the best ways to challenge and stimulate them, and work collaboratively with their teacher to identify resources and opportunities.

I wish you and your child all the best in finding the right resources to keep them engaged and challenged.

fannie00

Hello,

I can completely relate to your concerns about your gifted child feeling bored and unchallenged at school. When my child faced the same issue, I decided to speak with the school counselor and the school's gifted and talented coordinator.

They were able to suggest some program options that were more suited to my child's abilities and pushed them academically. We were also able to come up with some classroom modifications such as allowing my child to work on independent projects while the other students worked on more standard class work.

I found that by being involved in my child's education and advocating for their needs, I was able to create a more positive learning environment that allowed my child to flourish.

I hope that you are able to find a solution that works for you and your child. Remember, it's never too early or too late to take action and get your child the academic attention they need.

anibal07

Hello,

I was in a similar situation with my daughter, who started to lose interest in school at a young age because she was not being challenged enough. I found that gathering her work samples and talking with her teacher in a meeting was extremely helpful.

By sharing her work samples that showed her strengths and suggesting advanced materials and opportunities could keep her more engaged. Her teacher was able to provide additional assignments and projects that were more challenging to keep her motivated to learn.

Furthermore, we as parents looked for additional resources outside the classroom such as online classes, workshops or camps that provided her the opportunity to interact with other students and teachers who had similar interests.

It's crucial to take an active role in your child's education and work closely with their teacher to shape the most beneficial educational experience. By opening a dialogue, identifying the unique needs of your child, and exploring various possibilities, you can make sure your child is challenged and motivated to learn.

Best of luck to you and your gifted child!

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