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So Andrew's teacher called me today to tell me he was in some sort of TAG (Talented and Gifted) enrichment program at his kindergarten. I have never really pushed Andrew academically. He went to a "learning through play" preschool, not an academic preschool, and I only really teach him at home stuff that he is interested in and asks to do, like science projects and stuff. I knew he was prepared for kindergarten, but not super advanced, he still has a long way to go on his reading skills. Basically, I wanted him to just be a kid and not worry about that stuff. Andrew's teacher had to select a few kids from her class to send to this enrichment program. She nominated him for the TAG because he was interested in learning, pays attention well, focuses on school well, and seems very sharp. I guess that is what they look for in the kindergarteners for the gifted programs. I am not sure what he actually does she just says he goes to some other teacher for 30-45 minutes usually on mondays and tuesdays.

So anyway, I always kind of figured Andrew was pretty smart, but I never looked into that sort of thing because I didnt want to push him, just figured I'd let him go and whatever happened would happen. He really does LOVE learning and school so I hope this will be a great thing for him.



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Sep. 21st, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
that's awesome!

When I first read that, I kinda laughed because "talented and gifted" seems to be what they tell "special" children when they have to be in a different class from everyone else. I mean, I know that's not what this is but it still made me chuckle :)
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
To be honest the whole "label" thing kinda bothers me. I mean I am happy he's in that program or whatever it is, but I dont like how some parents are all concerned about getting their kids into TAG and having that label of "gifted" children or whatever. I am content for my kids to be average, if they are better than that that's cool, just so they try and care about school.
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Oh and also, yeah I know what you mean about the "special" kids. No one ever wants to label kids anything negative :) so we have all sorts of "special" names like "spirited" and stuff like that. It's funny.
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