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Carie L
Colorado Springs, CO
8/21/2021
I trying to decide what to do in terms of curriculum. I have a 2nd grader and 5th grader, who I want to homeschool due to COVID. My 5th grader has been identified as gifted in reading. My 2nd grader technically hasn't, but reads well beyond grade level. She hasread the Chronicles of Narnia and several Roald Dahl books, and is currently reading the Harry Potter series out loud with me. They are both above average, but not gifted, in math.

I will probably send them back to public school at some point (but maybe not!) so I don't want to skip any subject matter in science or social studies. Would it make sense to put them in the 9-11 and 6-8 levels, respectively? I'm a little worried about the reading being too easy, but don't want to skip over any topics. My 5th grader is a very independent learner, so I don't really feel the need to combine levels for them, since I think I can facilitate two separate levels.

Basically, my main goal is for them to both be challenged enough without skipping over any important material. What levels would you recommend for them?
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ANGELA B
LAMPASAS, TX
8/23/2021
Age 6-8 covers second grade standards and Age 9-11 covers 5th grade standards. I would recommend highly that you give them the placement assessments for each age level and pay particular attention to the writing portion of the assessment. That will be the best indicator of their readiness for a given age level. We don't want the reading to be difficult. We want it to be comfortable so they may develop and practice good critical thinking skills about the material and write thoughtful responses to the questions.

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