Choosing the Right Age Level

A child's biological age does not always correlate with his "readiness" - a child's ability to comprehend a concept or develop a skill. Because of this, Moving Beyond the Page is not structured around grade levels - Kindergarten, First Grade, etc. Instead, it is structured around recommended age levels. The age level suggests the recommended age of children using the curriculum. Note that each age level (ex: 5-7 Years) represents one full academic year (~ 36 weeks) of curriculum.

Moving Beyond the Page is a challenging curriculum designed to stretch children. The goal of education is not that a child gets all the right answers. It is more important that he become an independent thinker, be introduced to new skills, and understand complex ideas. Being successful in this curriculum does not mean that your child will get all the "right answers", but rather that you see your child thinking and learning. A child that receives 100% on every activity is likely not being stretched. Conversely, a student who is constantly frustrated is probably working in a curriculum that is too advanced.

The following guidelines are general guidelines for choosing a curriculum level. We have more advanced placement tests available that take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. You are required to log in or create an account to view the advanced placement tests.

Guidelines for Choosing Curriculum

Age 4-5

Requirements

  • Interested in being read to
  • Able to converse about what is being read
  • Able to hold a pencil
  • Has a beginning interest in sounds and letters

Age 5-7

Requirements

  • Knows letters and their sounds
  • Recognizes and understands numbers 1-20
  • Usually used by children in kindergarten or first grade

Age 6-8

Requirements

  • Able to read and comprehend simple picture books
  • Able to write simple sentences independently
  • Recognize, understand, and write numbers 1-100
  • Usually used by children in first or second grade

Age 7-9

Requirements

  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in second or third grade

Age 8-10

Requirements

  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in third or fourth grade

Age 9-11

Requirements

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fourth or fifth grade

Age 10-12

Requirements

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 6th or 7th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the fifth or sixth grade

Age 11-13

Requirements

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five paragraph essay

Age 12-14

Requirements

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at an 8th or 9th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Can write a five paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh or eighth grade

Exceptions

  • If you have a precociously gifted child, you may determine to advance them to the next age level. These are only general guidelines, and children that are precociously gifted will not fall within these general categories.
  • When we select the books for our literature units, we have advanced learners in mind. For this reason, our books have a reading level that is high for the ages provided. It is very possible, for example, for a 5th or 6th grader to benefit from the literature units of 8-10, or for a 4th or 5th grader to benefit from the 7-9 literature units. If the books or topics are of interest to your child, you should feel free to use them.


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