There's a term for this. It's called "twice-exceptional," or 2e for short. Gifted kids with learning disabilities. In this case, it's a visual motor delay.
So far, it hasn't affected her education. Thing 1 tested at mid-first-grade level--and we're in the middle of first grade, so that makes sense. However, no one really knows what to do with 2e kids in school. Schools that are big enough for tracking really only have three slots: Gifted, Average, and Learning-Disabled. So, where does the 2e kid fit?
- If they put her in Gifted, her delay will get in her way.
- If they put her in Average, she'll be right skill-wise. However, content-wise, she'll be bored out of her head.
- If they treat her as Learning-Disabled, she'll be bored AND stigmatized (make no mistake, everyone knows who the "slow" kids are.)
In fact, it's already helped. One of the signs of visual motor delay is illegible handwriting. Thing 1's handwriting is not only legible, it is, for a six-year-old, very neat. I attribute that to Handwriting Without Tears, a handwriting curriculum developed by an occupational therapist. Also, she does daily copywork to reinforce neat handwriting.
Looks like the best option is still homeschooling!