A. This question arises from the belief that children must learn certain subjects in a certain order, since public schools teach that way. You may find it helpful to view academics in the same light as learning to walk, talk, or potty train: when the child is ready, they will do it. However, if your child may be returning to school in the future and you are concerned about how their progress will keep pace with age-mates, you may find a curriculum guide helpful. Also, the annual, state-required testing will show how your child’s scores compare with those of other children nationally.