My ds has just started 4th grade in our local public school, after 4 yrs in a Montessori program. We knew we were in for a roller coaster ride, but now we're rolling and turning green!
Has anyone had experience with this kind of transition? DS is bright, but not genius, good at the conceptual but not "the details" (hence we left Montessori b/c he was not being motivated to spell, write, or compute proficiently) His reading is strong.
He's got a really well-regarded teacher, and I'm sure we'll be great friends ; ) but I just don't know what to expect!
DS is worried that he's working slower than the other kids, and feels he's not up to snuff!. (He's in a gifted grouping) Their review is his new material. He handwriting and spelling are horrendous, and now he realizes it. Even math, which he was strong in, is presented differently.
I have told everyone that we are committed to making this a successful transition. And ds has been reassured that grades are not the issue this year.
Any advice for this well-intentioned parent?