We;re in QLD and my daughter is due to start prep in 2014. She's a July baby so will be one of the oldest in the class. I don't know if she is actually gifted, but she does fit a lot of the characteristics. She can also read to some extent (can sound out cvc words, knows lots of sightwords, can understand the story as she reads), she can do basic adding and subtracting, and has a huge vocabularly. She can also write most letters but has trouble writing words using phonics. She just turned 4.
She goes to an awesome preschool and they have told me they believe she will be advanced enough to apply for early entry to year 1. At her preschool they do a lot of structured learning - they don't believe in the play-based interest-based philosophy of teaching that seems to be so widespread. I don't want to see her go into a school where prep is mostly play.
The preschool has recommended 2 schools. I've visited one and like it. The other is a bit far away but we will consider it. however, the local schools also say they also work with each child's individual needs ("differentiation" seems to be the new buzz word) and they have a gifted and talented teacher, but our preschool teachers say in reality they don't extend the children. I also know of a boy who is in year 3 and is soooooo clever and is learning year 10 science stuff at home from books but is not in the so called gifted program at this local school.
So how do I choose a school???? I haven't visited them all yet but I have a feeling they are all going to tell me the same thing. I guess I need to know is it worth it to travel the extra distance to the schools the preschool have recommended.
sorry for the long post. Feeling very confused!