In kindergarten i was a bit more advanced than a lot of my class mates, but there was no gifted program until first grade. When the teacher would normally make us sit in a circle and read a book to us, i had to go to a 2nd grade reading class. I clearly remember Kindergarten being way too easy for me. While the kids were learning their ABC's and how to write them, i was already writing whole words(small words) i could also add small numbers. I didn't really understand why the other kid's didn't know as much as i did, i thought i was a freak or something.
In first grade i finally was put into a gifted class and learned that i really wasn't alone. It was great being in a class where the pace was a lot different. The class room was also a lot quieter and easy to concentrate in. There were only 15 of us in the class. We ended up being in the same class together all the way up until high school. We were also allowed to take a test every year to decide if we could skip a grade. My mom wouldn't let me take it though. I don't think i could have actually passed it anyway.
I moved to a different state when i entered high school. High school was odd because you could only take regular or advanced placement classes. Some classes were only offered as regular classes..like speech for instance. I nearly failed speech because the pace in the class was so slow, and i would get extremely bored. We would sometimes spend 3 weeks learning the same subject. The only thing they really offered the gifted kids was the ability to test out of classes. I tested out of keyboarding, English 1, English 2, English 3, Geometry, Geography and Biology.That helped a lot because some of the classes i had left to take were with upper class men and they were a lot harder, especially if they were AP classes. The only way teachers knew we were gifted in high school was the G in parenthesis by our name on the roll sheet.
I think it would have been nice to go to a separate school for the gifted.
if this post makes no sense it's because i just woke up. =)