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Sigh....DS2 has known his colors since he was 2....

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KerryMum Mon 03-Sep-07 10:24:47

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HonoriaGlossop Mon 03-Sep-07 11:25:39

Hi Kerry, just been on your other thread!

I think give it maybe a month or so before you worry. The stuff up on the wall is basic, but it may be more about decorating the wall than an indication of what will be done on a daily basis!

Also, I found with ds' first year, that the pretty organised modules are actually very challenging. They might not be times tables, but challenging and exhausting at times; learning to be one of the class, learning to listen, take turns etc. you may find that this is enough at first, despite his brightness.

Also found that in ds' class the teachers were good at differentiation. For example they did a walk round the school grounds (dressed up as a gruffalo hunt!) and when they came back, did a picture; however for some kids this was a big mess of brown scribbles to represent the gruffalo, and for others it was a detailed map of the walk, complete with annotation!

So I think I'm saying don't worry. It's lovely that he wants to learn, and the teachers SHOULD be able to differentiate enough so that he is learning.

NAB3 Mon 03-Sep-07 11:28:58

I am a bit worried that my DD will be too shy to let on what she knows and not want to do half the stuff as it is too young for her.

HonoriaGlossop Mon 03-Sep-07 11:35:19

oh, and meant to say they do get lots of time to play in their first year. Not met a child yet who found that boring! And it's a vital part of their development too. So it's not all bad.

KerryMum Mon 03-Sep-07 12:56:41

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Anchovy Mon 03-Sep-07 13:16:24

"My child is too bright for Reception" is a recurrent theme on MNs threads (and I'm really not criticising, because I've done it myself and am thinking it again! smile) In my case I "thought" it would be even worse as DS is also v old for the year.

Actually, it all worked out absolutely fine. The children were all taught "differentially" - even if you look at them in age without factoring in ability there is a huge range. Just looking at the stuff on the wall, you could tell that there was a huge ability range and that the children were operating on different levels.

There is also something to be said about a solid, thorough grounding in everything: IMO quite bright children can often focus on things they like and can do and skim over what they can't do or don't like.

We also found that Reception was fantastic for practical learning. Times tables are great, but they also need to be able to count with real money, for example. And then there are all those plays/assemblies and everything for confidence etc.

Interestingly when DS got his report in July (which was very detailed as it is an expensive school!) a lot of the focus of the report was on sociability/communication/enthusiasm/engagedness rather than just attainment.

In his nursery class at the same school DS was in a minority in being mono-lingual: the children who did not speak English at home honestly picked it up very quickly.

oliveoil Mon 03-Sep-07 13:21:31

don't all children know colours at 2 though?

both mine did

I don't think either of them are particularly bright

Kathyis6incheshigh Mon 03-Sep-07 13:23:58

Maybe you can teach him all the really sophisticated colours, like cerise and puce wink

KerryMum Mon 03-Sep-07 13:24:41

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oliveoil Mon 03-Sep-07 13:26:04

I remember dd1 correctly the woman in the shop saying she liked her purple top and she said dismissively "it's lilac"


Nemo2007 Mon 03-Sep-07 13:26:32

agree with oliveoil thought most htings like colours and letters they start to learn by 2.5yrs anyway. Ds is 4 next month starting nursery in 2wks and knows colours, counts past 50 can do basic maths, can write all family names etc etc etc. However he is a CHILD I want him to enjoy his first couple of years at nursery and school before he has to start learning completely. He enjoys learning, thrives on it infact however he also enjoys playing with friends, role play etc. I would worry just yet!!

Plus DD1 must be an absolute genius then as she is 20m and can count to 12!

filthymindedvixen Mon 03-Sep-07 13:27:58

I had a sneaking feeling my ds2 was ''too bright for reception''. He could read a bit, knew his colours in french, count in french, could do 2x, 10x, count to inifinity grin, and had incredible memory and general knowledge.
He is now 6.5 and apart from still having an incredible memory and knowing most of the flags of the world, has definitely plateau-ed out to a normal 'bright' child rather than the genius I was convinced he was...
I am not knocking your child's talents, just saying, if your child genuinely wants to learn stuff, he will get that at school and of course, you can always 'stretch' him at home if you feel he needs it.
He just loved the social side of school and the arts and crafts which we didn't have time/knowledge to do at home. Suck it and see, is my advice.

OrmIrian Mon 03-Sep-07 13:28:46

Well hey! Just wanting to buck a trend here... but my DS#2 is probably too "thick" for reception wink. He knows his colours and shapes and can count to 10. But he can't write his name properly and has yet to draw a picture that was worth the name. But if you ever want to know how the dinosaurs died out or how fish breathe ....just ask DS grin

I think there are so many things they have to learn in the first few years at school. Socialisation being one of the most important. Reading and writing are the basic building blocks not the be all and end all, so I'm sure your DS will find many many things to learn and enjoy.

LaCod Mon 03-Sep-07 13:32:35

lol hahahha poncey OP

Kathyis6incheshigh Mon 03-Sep-07 13:33:24

Hello Cod smile
Welcome back from hols.

Isababel Mon 03-Sep-07 13:33:29

Oh Kerry, being in multicultural environment is a blessing, more so if you are foreigner yourself. TBH there are many things a child can learn that will make him a better person that are not exactly academic. And, about the academic stuff, you are providing a good environment at home for him to flourish academically.

TBH, I found the expectatives of my nearest school quite low, but I thought that, if I had not been in a position to pay for a more challenging school, I would have done what you are doing, send him to the best available to him, and provide the academic stimulation myself.

SleeplessInTheStaceym11House Mon 03-Sep-07 13:38:05

nemo my dd was the same, she got the repitition of it from our stairs, we had 16 she could touch count to 16 by 20 months! shes clever but far from a genius!

Boco Mon 03-Sep-07 13:38:57

Isn't 2 about right for learning colours?

Not questioning your gifted thing, but dd is 2 and knows all her colours, can count to 20 and knows her ABC - I wouldn't say she was gifted though.

Tamum Mon 03-Sep-07 13:39:41

I agree with olive, there can't be many children in reception who don't know their colours, lots of them will already know their letters and several will be reading. I wouldn't worry.

EscapeFrom Mon 03-Sep-07 13:41:40

Ds1 knew his colours at 2 - he was V late to speak but his colours were some of his first words, and he was always right. he has started reception this year too, and in many areas he will be ahead of some of the other children. In other areas he has some catching up to do. When I started school I could read fluently, 8 and 9 year old type books (was 5 when I started) but I couldn't count past 10.

KerryMum Mon 03-Sep-07 14:12:51

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Issy Mon 03-Sep-07 14:30:23

DD2 is starting Reception tomorrow. She can read simple words, read and write all the letters and numbers, write all the names in the family, add up etc. etc.. None of this is particularly surprising as she is very nearly 5yo, has an older sister and had a very industrious nanny. However, she is very different from KerryMum's DS as she was aghast when I tentatively alluded to the fact that she might not be able to play all day and that she might even be required to learn to read properly. Not to mention no longer being able to dance the Macarena on her chair whilst supposedly eating lunch.

Sigh. DD1's first and every subsequent report has been peppered with the word 'quiet'. I fully expect DD2's report to major on 'lively' if not 'challenging'.

LaCod Mon 03-Sep-07 14:32:08

2 iis normal
your kdi isnot a genius you are a pushymum
give hoim a brek

Kathyis6incheshigh Mon 03-Sep-07 14:34:13

Cod, you don't know if Kerrymum's kid is gifted or not. She's not saying 'he knew his colours therefore he is gifted'. She presumably has other reasons for thinking he is.

LaCod Mon 03-Sep-07 14:34:39

i can judge!


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