Re: whole-group math counting activities
    Jacque/WA/K-1/nbct 2006

    I teach full day kindergarten and though I have a district
    mandated math curriculum that is whole group instruction, I
    manage to provide "Math Groups" after that which are open-ended
    or higher level.....higher kids may have to use two dice rather
    than one for lower students, I use Math Tiles from Joyful Noise
    and children progress through these at their own pace--higher
    ones fly through, others slowly progress at their own rate. I
    also do Math Journals for story problems which also has them
    matching an equation to the story problem. We talk a great deal
    about "mucking around" with a problem in order to solve it and
    have everything match the words. I also include a great deal of
    math in our student of the day, from naming 3-D shapes to having
    an equation of the day made up from what children have on that
    day and an activity called "Missing Number" where they find a
    missing number on a 100's chart then have to follow directions on
    the board to add or subtract a certain amount and write that
    amount on a post-it note to put in a bin---these are gone over
    during the Student of the Day routine. In the beginning we solve
    the equation with unifix cubes, then eventually use the 100's
    chart to count it off.

    Here our gifted programs begin in First grade. Your grand-
    daughter sounds like she'd be a good candidate. Truly gifted
    children will find ways to extend their learning--I had a boy
    once who asked me if he could write the number words instead of
    just the numbers and I, of course, told him that would be fine--
    he was the only one who COULD do that. So...don't worry too much
    about her regressing---a truly gifted child will always find ways
    to challenge themselves. I have a girl this year who always does
    more than I ask, very fast at any task, but always willing to add
    more without my asking her to.

    As others said, Kindergarten is more than academics, despite her
    high academic skills, she is still chronologically 5 or 6 years
    old and needs to balance her high academic skills with real world
    skills of dealing with a group of children that are her peers
    (age-wise). And kindergarten these days is much more academic
    than ever before. I still hold onto Choice Time (free play), but
    many schools have had this taken away in the quest for higher
    test scores---very short-sighted because Choice Time is where the
    best critical thinking skills are developed. I imagine she will
    enjoy kindergarten no matter what...but kindergarten teachers do
    vary quite a bit. You might inquire about a teacher's early
    childhood background, is she National Board Certified,
    philosophy, etc.

    On 1/23/15, Grandma wrote:
    > Thanks. This child has older siblings and is a very
    > outgoing and confident child. Here K is full day. We kept
    > three children and grandchildren out of K and just started
    > them in first and they did just fine as a six or seven
    > year old. The one we did start in K, there was a lot of
    > the craft type stuff and he needed the fine motor
    > practice. Since this particular child is already at a
    > level to be needing to progress beyond 1-10, I was just
    > wondering what teachers who teach whole group math do for
    > kids like this one. The last thing she would want to do is
    > have me 'work" with her after being at school all day. The
    > intention sounds good, but in reality she will want to
    > just chill out or play with friends and siblings.
    > We have two schools to consider by next week for
    > enrollment and right now we are leaning towards one that
    > offers more academically and socially then the school her
    > siblings attend. Again, thank you for a response!