My newest tutoring student is a bright boy who was switched into a 3rd grade gifted class this year. His math skills are very strong, but his language arts skills are just average. So, he is struggling in reading comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary. I assessed his phonics awareness and skills and he is fine there. But, he uses creative spelling in his writing. I don't know if he was exposed to word families and spelling rules in the last two years of school, but I assume he was. Here's my dilemma. He gets a very demanding vocab assignment weekly; basically a chapter with about 10 words and maybe 6 pages of workbook work. However, the class doesn't read the original story which contains the week's words; they jump right into the exercises. I never assigned vocabulary that wasn't in context; I don't really believe in it. Since his weakness is in that area, I would like to use the passages to enhance his comprehension. The mom had said that she doesn't need me to do 'homework' with him as she oversees that. So, we'll see what she thinks about this. My other dilemma is that, to me, the problems he is having could be directly due to being placed in the gifted program when he may not be developmentally ready for the type of work required there. His spelling skills suggest that, as does his reading fluency and comprehension. While he was getting As and Bs in first and second, he's now failing daily comprehension tests and weekly vocab tests. He is getting disappointed in himself and frustrated. What a shame for a bright student who was always successful. Any advice here? Does anyone use comprehension strategies that are outside the box - maybe using graphic organizers or drawing? What do you think about the situation? I really want to help this darling little guy. Thanks a bunch.