If you have been reading my blog since last spring, you will remember that much of last school year was occupied with the process of getting Audrey tested for the gifted program and arranging for her grade skip. In our district, children in grades 1-6 identified as gifted are given a weekly pull-out class for two and a half hours. Children from several elementary schools are bussed to a central location where they meet with the teacher and other students in their grade.
Audrey started attending what I will call “GATE” (a common acronym that stands for Gifted and Talented Education–not actually what her class is called) last week and went for the second time today. She was so excited to be able to go on the bus! “I made a friend!” Audrey gushed as soon as I picked her up from school last week.
I think that Audrey will love GATE. It sounds like it is about evenly split between girls and boys, and I think the teacher tries to foster a sense of community between the children. Apparently, every time a new student joins the class, the teacher brings ice cream. I thought that was a great idea to make getting a “new kid” seem like a positive thing.
Each week, the children do a variety of things. From what I hear from Audrey (always in bits and pieces), they do math problems and they are also learning about sound. She was telling me about the science journal they were making and all I was seeing was the shine in her eyes. That shine, that love of learning, is what I missed seeing so often last year. I am so glad that it is back!