I’d argue it’s generally a bad idea. While she’ll learn/know more at a younger age than she would have otherwise, in modern life it doesn’t really matter how much you know in absolute, it matters how much you know relative to your peers in your grade. If you’re very young for your grade you put yourself at all kinds of disadvantages for the pride of being a grade, etc. ahead. Better to be #1 in your grade all throughout school and then be a shoe-in to Harvard, imo.
Malcolm Gladwell has written a bit about this and it’s common with deciding when to send your kids to Kindergarten.
Does the school have a good gifted program? I’d guess that’s the direction she’s headed. If first grade is going to be easy for her too, maybe leave her in kindergarten to have more time to think about it and let her skip first grade (how likely would that be a choice?), although I guess it could screw up friend groups.
Kindergarten is more than about learning. It is becoming a more social person, being with other kids, and when they move up, she would be like the new kid, where others have already established relationships
None of your points do I see as a good argument, especially if she is happy
That sounds weird. If that’s the case, why does it matter what actual grade she’s in, if they’re just going to give her different work than the rest of the class? Unless they think she’s going to plateau at one grade ahead?
I was in a pull out program in elementary where I was in a regular class most of the time but then the smart kids spent part of the week with a different teacher doing more advanced stuff.
Agree with PZ . . . a big chunk of what’s learned in those early grades is socialization and understanding “how things are done at this school”.
I moved between my 1st and 2nd grade years . . . and being the new kid wasn’t all that great. Especially if you were ahead of the others in academic skills. But the one kid that was good academically and was with his peer from “the start” didn’t have all that much trouble.
I read somewhere that other kids catch up to early readers by 2nd grade. That was mostly true for mine. If she is a super fast learner such that public school will always be boring then you might want to commit to homeschooling. But if you can’t or don’t want to homeschool, then don’t she’ll probably continue to learn stuff.
I have fun looking back at things written by my first grader who knew how to spell various horse breeds but not typical first grade words.
I say do it. It’s way easier in the future to pull them back a grade then to put them forward a grade. Schools have tons of resources for kids who are falling behind, but almost no resources for kids who are ahead. At least that’s how it is in our area.
It’s work to homeschool but she is already getting some level of education at home if she is reading at that level.
Since homeschooling isn’t your thing, just keep doing what you’re doing unless she indicates she is miserable at school.
Also, at least talk to her teachers. Even if there is no formal gifted class for her grade, the gifted teacher may have ideas for activities she would enjoy.