Should my home school child skip a grade?

It is entirely up to the parents what grade level they choose for their child. However, because children often develop somewhat unevenly across subject areas, it is usually better to adapt and extend the curriculum to meet the child’s interests and needs than to skip a grade entirely. There is always the opportunity to encourage the student to delve more deeply into the material and make it more meaningful and interesting. Every lesson has a selection of projects and assignments to choose from, and a motivated student could easily choose two or more to complete. Even if an Oak Meadow lesson includes material that a student has previously studied, most students become eagerly engaged with it because of the creative, experiential way in which is it presented.

In addition to academic considerations, it is important to consider your child’s educational future. If at some point the decision is made to return to a classroom setting, a child who is a full year or more younger than the classroom peers can be at a disadvantage socially and emotionally. Another important factor for parents to take into consideration is that a child who skips a grade may not be developmentally ready for the content of the material in the higher grades. It’s not just a question of reading level, but one of comprehension and the ability to engage with the material in a relevant way.

There are always ways to make the work more challenging and engaging if necessary. For the vast majority of families, it works best to have the student work at grade level in most subjects (with the exception of math, which is often studied at an accelerated rate) and deepen their connection with the material through the use of additional projects and adding complexity to assignments.