Frequently Asked Questions

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Is this program only for gifted learners?

Moving Beyond the Page is designed with gifted and creative learners in mind, but it would be a mistake to assume that only gifted learners could benefit from the curriculum. We developed a curriculum that would work for gifted learners because gifted learners have unique needs that are often not met with traditional curriculum. If you have a gifted learner, then you almost certainly need these strategies, but they can also be beneficial for children who are on grade level in their learning.

Many of the research-based strategies that are used to develop Moving Beyond the Page come from research done in the field of gifted education. We believe that all children will benefit from the strategies if the correct level is selected for the child. If your child is functioning on grade level, we make the following recommendations:

  • On-grade-level 6 year olds should use Age 5-7 (for 1st grade)
  • On-grade-level 7 year olds should use Age 6-8 (for 2nd grade)
  • On-grade-level 8 year olds should use Age 7-9 (for 3rd grade)
  • On-grade-level 9 year olds should use Age 8-10 (for 4th grade)
  • On-grade-level 10 year olds should use Age 9-11 (for 5th grade)
  • On-grade-level 11 year olds should use Age 10-12 (for 6th grade)
  • On-grade-level 12 year olds should use Age 11-13 (for 7th grade)
  • On-grade-level 13 year olds should use Age 12-14 (for 8th grade)
These general guidelines are a good place to start, but you should also check the minimum requirements for beginning each level as well. These are found on the curriculum overview page of the website for each grade level.

The literature units have an ever broader range than the science and social studies units. For example, our Age 7-9 literature units can be used with children ages 7-10, depending on the child's reading level. Likewise, the Age 8-10 literature units can be used with children up to age 11. Beginning in the Age 9-11 level, the writing assignments include five-paragraph essays and can be used for children from 5th grade through middle school as long as children meet the minimum requirements.

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