How to Place Your Child – Gather 'Round Homeschool USA

How to Place Your Child

by Rebecca Spooner on August 02, 2019
How to place your child
Due to the fact that every child is at a different level, the easiest way to place your child is to look at the scope and sequence of what is covered and download the free sample to see what student notebook looks like it will fit your child.

The recommended ages are listed below:

Pre-reader: 4-5 years old (not yet reading)
Early reader: 5-7 years old
Early Elementary: 8-10 years old
Upper Elementary: 10-12 years old
Middle School: 13-15 years old
High School: 15-18 years old

More info on each level at a glance:

Pre Reader: This is for those who want to tag along with older siblings or just want to enjoy a fun day of unit studies. It includes a coloring and activity page for each lesson. For reading instruction and those wanting more, we recommend our Letters and Numbers or Ready to Read program. 

Early Reader: This is designed with very little writing other than light copywork (in a traceable format so as not to be too daunting and give extra practice for letter formation) and a writing project that students will be working on through the month.

Early Elementary: Also designed with as little writing as possible, the copywork is more advanced and no longer traceable. It is designed to go deeper into subjects and help kids think about things, do more mapwork, etc. but still not too heavy on the writing side.

Upper Elementary: Designed to be more advanced, more writing in the answer instead of circling the answer. Targeted questions that aren’t too broad that leave kids hanging. More in-depth writing projects/expectations (ie. a report instead of a paragraph), etc.

Middle School/High School: These two levels go into more depth for writing. In middle students begin to write their answers in paragraph form, they are prompted to do some research on their own. High School has very few answers in the answer key and leaves much more open ended, “What do you think,” type questions. It requires more research and is designed to spark curiosity and inspire the students to take ownership of their own learning. These levels are more time consuming.
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