I'm working one-on-one with a student who is part of a sponsored refugee family. He's bright and a good learner, but has had a lot of interruptions to his education. No indication of any learning disability, and language is an issue, but not a challenging one.
The family is hoping to get him working at grade level (grade 9, from about a grade 5 level) as soon as possible.
My question is this: is it a better strategy to:
- go full-tilt on one topic (for example, fractions) from start to finish, then tackle the next topic, and the next, and so on
- follow standard curricula - cover all of grade 5, then 6, etc.
I realize this is a bit open-ended and opinion based, but I'm looking for suggestions based on people's experience and best practice recommendations.