This is what propelled us to homeschool in the first place. We found the gifted programs in the schools to be lacking. They do not meet the needs of these children who really require individualized educational plans, not extra projects. Our experience has been that many of these kids are socially and emotionally slower to mature, so excellerated programs in the "peer group" setting only create more problems for them socially. We found that providing lots of rich reading material was the best springboard for our son to explore and expand his horizions. He was 5 when we began homeschooling. He is now in college and we have never regretted our decision to educate him at home.