appropriate education for gifted toddler
07/15/2011 at 13:05 PM

Hello. I'm looking for advice regarding my 2 year old. I've had him in the same highly accredited learning center since he was an infant. I've really been very pleased with this center, as my child is loved and cared for there and has developed close relationships with his teachers. My toddler is also gifted, testing at least at a kindergarten level. I recently was taken aside by his teacher who expressed concerns that he has been increasingly bored at school. He doesn't verbally engage in any of the activities anymore, although he continues to be cheerful and occupies himself with books while the other children do their activities. I've spoken with school staff about advancing him but per regulations that is not an option. I did enroll him in one of their enrichment programs to "mix it up" a bit for him, but he began that class over a year ago and now that they are recycling the curriculum that teacher also reports he appears "bored." When he comes home, he often plays "school" with his toy dinosaurs and talks a lot about his teachers, so it seems he continues to hve a positive experience there. I just wonder whether I ought to consider moving him to a school more geared towards giftedness to prevent the boredom, or if removing him from a nurturing environment would be even more detrimental. Any advice is appreciated!