Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Math Class

During the first week of school, my wife was disappointed when my son brought home some math homework that was easier than the work he was doing in kindergarten. So, she wrote to his teacher.

It turns out that the school is changing its math curriculum and had temporarily placed some kids in easier classes as they thought that it might take them some time to get used to the new methods that were being used.

But Kai was obviously outperforming his assigned group so they gave him a placement test. Now he is taking math with fifth graders. It sounds like he may be the only second grader in the fifth grade class, and, as far as we can tell, there are no kids taking 6th grade math there.

Last year, he was taught math individually. So, it will be interesting to see if he can learn math in a group setting. The teachers report that so far he likes being with other kids and is doing well.

We liked the individual attention he got before, but it will be good if he can continue to learn in a more typical classroom environment. Though if he keeps progressing at this rate, he may be back to individual teaching as there may not be other kids at his level by next year.

Now that would be a dilemma that we would gladly face.


  1. Wow! He is in 2nd grade doing 5th grade math? That's amazing! But that age difference would concern me. I guess it's always a double edge sword with our kids...

  2. Lisa, we are monitoring it to see how it goes, but so far he seems right at home in that class. He's had numerous behavior issues at school, but none in the math class. All of his issues have been when he's been in his regular class for all of his other subjects.

  3. Excellent...math is a language all its own. He has found something very valuable that he really excels in. That is so important for his future. Good job Kai!

  4. Thank! It is comforting to know that he excels in something that can so useful to him.


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