Frequently Asked Questions
My 8 year old is gifted in science and loves to read but is weak in writing. Can I use the 7-9 units for language arts and the 8-10 units for science and social studies?
We recognize that gifted children have strengths and weaknesses, and we try to build flexibility into our program to help parents meet the needs of their children. This is one reason we offer our language arts programs separate from our science and social Studies programs beginning at the 7-9 level. Some children may be gifted but may not be accelerated in language arts skills. Most of the 7-9 novels are on a third or fourth grade level, and the writing instruction in our program is rigorous. At the 7-9 level, children learn to write paragraphs, use descriptive language, and apply grammar skills. At the 8-10 level, the novels average about a fifth grade level and some are on a sixth grade level. The writing instruction requires students to write multiple paragraphs and to revise their writing.
If you choose to implement the 7-9 level for language arts and the 8-10 for science and social studies, your child will not have the connection between the language arts units and the science and social studies units. However, this is better than having your child read books that are beyond his or her reading level and work through writing assignments that are too advanced. This can cause frustration for a child.
We do not recommend skipping the 7-9 science and social studies units with a gifted child who is 8 if your child has not studied the topics we cover. For example, weather and the water cycle are important science concepts. The knowledge and skills gained in the science units are important foundations for Earth Science and Physics. If your child does not know the basics of economics and is not familiar with Famous Americans, he or she will need the knowledge and skills taught in the units for future years of education.
If you have an 8 year old who is on grade level, we recommend that your child work through the 7-9 level in language arts and science and social studies. This option also works well for many gifted 8 year olds who are not ready for the novels and writing assignments at the 8-10 level.
For children who are 9 or 10 but still need the level of reading and writing provided in 7-9 language arts, selecting the science and social studies from the 8-10 may be a good option.