I called the boys' school, and asked to speak to the Vice Principal. She had taught both Chas and Sam briefly when their teachers were out, so she knows the kids, and I felt comfortable talking to her.
I explained what has been going on with Sam, his attitude to school and the fact that he has been complaining and trying to avoid school. "Oh gosh," she said. "He is miles ahead of the class, he must be so bored." So we agreed to meet on Tuesday morning, together with Sam's teacher, to figure something out. Sam's teacher has been on maternity leave and just returned a few weeks ago so I hate to stress her out, but I AM STRESSED about this. Lady, feel my stress.
First of all, if we can immediately jump to the conclusion that he is bored, why was it allowed to happen in the first place? There are remedial classes for the slow kids, why not something similar for the speedy ones?
Can I just keep him out of school and give him projects to do at home and in the studio for the rest of the year? (you might be right, Witchypoo!) Will we murder each other? I bet Mum and Dad would be happy to help out with him. He could also spend some great time with Sean, doing manly mechanical stuff.
Shall I send him to another school, which claims to have a "gifted program"? I don't like separating the boys though, and that school is MEGA EXPENSIVE!
Can we skip him up again? He is already too young for his class and would like to play with the younger boys in the year below, but the work would be more challenging. If he is skipped up, he will be entering high school at 10 and 2months. There will be kids in his class who are 14, and worldly wise.
Is there a cool program online that Sam could do?
I am feeling it for my son. He is not happy, and I hate to think that every day, he sits in class with his eyes glazed over, phasing out. There must be another way. I hope that our meeting on Tuesday is productive, I am sure it will be. When Sam was 3, I followed teachers' advice and sent him to "big school" against my own feelings, (he turned 4 during the summer, so he was just 4 when he started school) and they were right to give me that advice. Maybe these ladies will have some creative solution that I haven't thought of.
Is there anything I have forgotten? Anything I should say to them on Tuesday? Please advise!