One more question for you. My husband is a man with a plan and he wants to plan based on the end which would be taking the SAT and excelling. We are reevaluating the Abeka math program. It is OK for the next couple of years but we are planning to really accelerate. I am Not confident in it when we hit anything other than basic math. Would you recommend getting practice SATs' and order math texts based on what is needed for the tests? Jay wants to develop a complete scope and sequence to keep us on the right speed. And / or do you recommend a math program that will take over after the basics are done with Abeka? Can you tell my husband is an engineer??
I don't know if this will help or not, but I have a younger student using ABeka math. She's right smack dab at grade level, but that's with intensive tutoring by my husband. One thing I've noticed is ABeka has a ton of review. There's several weeks of review at the beginning of each ABeka workbook, and tons of review throughout, and even more at the end. You can definitely opt to skip all that review if your student is gifted! My husband does math year-round with my daughter, so we skip it too, even though she's not a phenomenal genius at math.
My husband has stopped taking pages out of the workbook because he doesn't assign even half the problems, and my daughter doesn't write in the workbook anymore. That way, we can eBay the workbook when she's done. My husband assigns a bare minimum of problems in favor of sitting down with my daughter and making sure she understands each concept thoroughly. This strategy would work well for a gifted student, too: assign a minimum of problems, move on when it becomes obvious that it's time, and don't bog down your student with "busy work." Then sell the "gently used" book when you're done in order to help finance the purchase of the next book! For a gifted student, that day might come in 3 or 4 months!
The advantage of this strategy is that you don't have to come up with the scope-and-sequence yourself. I'd imagine this strategy would work for any curriculum.
As the authors of La Francais Facile (French language homeschool curriculum) put it so nicely: This curriculum is made for you, not you for the curriculum. The authors went on to say that if you don't feel like doing a recommended activity, don't do it, and if you feel like adding to the curriculum, go for it! I think that applies to all curriculae.