My oldest son is 11 years old and incredibly gifted. However, reading and writing have NOT been his strong suits. That tends to be an issue with gifted children as they can tire of things quickly and become easily bored. He was a full grade ahead at one point because of his excellent math computation, problem-solving skills, science knowledge, and ability to retain an insane amount of information. Then we got to that fun stage where he decided if it was too much work, it wasn’t worth the effort. (Such a fun “age”) So needless to say, getting him to write anything at that point was like pulling teeth.
I feel like I tried a billion different things to try to convince him to write. We tried several different curriculums, unit studies, e-learning programs, nature journals, straight-up bribery, and more. Nothing worked. Getting him to write more than 2-3 sentences was a big fight. He could talk a blue streak, articulate big words, clearly executed sentences, huge vocabulary, but write something on paper?! Not a chance. Worse than pulling teeth.
I saw ads for Night Zookeeper on Facebook and asked my friend about it to see if she had heard anything about them. Since it seemed like it was relatively “new” I wanted to ask around and get other parents’ “reviews” on it before signing up. Thankfully, Night Zookeeper asked us to try out the program for ourselves and I couldn’t be happier!