Welcome to all the new visitors from the HEAV convention. I had a great time answering questions and wandering around the vendor hall. I forgot to take the picture until after closing time so the table is kind of bare.
A quick aside here: Our family has done homeschool, private school and public school. All of my children were homeschooled for some part of their education, one of them all the way through high school. This website is for homemakers, regardless of choice of education but I hope to address the needs of all as I’ve had to fight the good fight in all three settings.
My special needs daughter is currently in public school, but I still work with her at home, especially over the summer. I know the schools can only do so much and I want more for my daughter (I have much to say on this topic and I’m sure it will come out over time). I’m thankful I was able to homeschool her for several years so I got to know how she learns and what she is capable of. I still work on my priorities for her at home throughout the year.
Back to the purpose of this post: I came across two great resources at the convention that I’d like to share, one for math and one for reading.
This curriculum covers grades K-8. It has potential for special needs because it can be highly individualized, you can expand or collapse it according to your child’s needs and you can print unlimited practice sheets (for a modest yearly subscription fee). It uses real-life situations to introduce concepts which helps make them concrete.
If you have a child who is several years behind, it appears this would be something you could use to accelerate where possible since you purchase all of kindergarten through pre-algebra at once. Another nice touch is there are no grades listed anywhere so your struggling learner does not have to worry about comparisons. I purchased this for a child who is older and needs a lot of remedial work. Once we’ve used it for a while, I’ll write up a proper review.
Project Light had several products to teach reading. It is a whole word learning approach which may be a turn off to some. I know a lot of people prefer teaching through phonics (myself included) but sometimes a whole-word approach can be beneficial. This program has been used to teach special needs, emerging readers and ESL (English as a Second Language) in the US and around the world.
Project Light is a second-generation ministry with a really cool story that you can read here. The software I was most interested in was the one that takes a child from not reading to a fifth-grade level. In the beginning level, the words are associated with pictures and the child has multiple opportunities to connect the word to the picture. As the lesson progresses, the pictures and words are separated and the child has to remember that a particular word goes with a particular picture. The demonstrator then forwarded to a fifth grade lesson and there was a paragraph about weather phenomenon. She assured me that once the child gets to that point, they can really read a paragraph like that.
I purchased this product for my daughter. She can read at a first grade level and has the potential to keep going. However, this is one of the areas where the school doesn’t get it so I work on this at home. We will start this in July so once we’ve had some time to work on it, I can share her progress.
Let me know if you want me to do regular progress reports on these two teaching tools in the comments. If you have questions that didn’t get answered at the conference, use the contact form and I’ll try to find answers for you.