Curriculum question for special needs child, asked by Rose 

(Shared with her permission)   We have 2 adopted children -10yo boy is currently in a private school where the class sizes are very small. We are doing some testing and finding he is very bright but has SI issues and anxiety issues BIG TIME! It seems he has a sign on him that reads “easy target” as he attracts children who tend to bully him. The 6yo girl was pulled out of PS and I am now homeschooling. She tended to overload and shut down. What is the best curriculum for this child? Should we wait to start formal school? She has anger outbursts and also has some attachment issues. She was cocaine and marijuana positive at birth which may contribute to the behaviors and some cognitive and comprehension problems.I would like to HS at least for several years to see if it will help with the attachment and bonding issues.

Thanks
Rose

Finding homeschool curriculum for special needs child is no different - you look for what they need and use your every day life as much as you can.

[Tweet “Learning is most effective when it is connected to real life daily experiences.”]

A Gentle Approach to Special Needs

My answer:  

Dear Rose
Thank you for visiting my website and I trust you will find some answers for your family as you browse these pages.

Though I have no experience with the emotional challenges that you are experiencing with your family, I have had, to a small degree, to look at how to educate a child who hasn’t fitted in with the normal development that is expected in society.

A relaxed relational approach will lay the foundation for any future formal studies though I would delay any formal studies until some relational and character issues have been developed. There is good evidence for delaying formal education till around the age of 10 though at no time are you delaying learning.

Reading books can be as snuggly or impersonal as you like (or need). As you sit and read a book together you are investing in your child’s life and though they may not snuggle up you are building relationship. Reading stories give you the opportunity to talk about issues, that is, other people’s issues and you can teach from there. This is a lot less confronting for some children. I highly recommend Five in a Row or even Before FIAR for good stories.

Spending time training a child to be able to sit and listen to a story, though maybe a long process, will be important for future education. The skills of listening and retelling (Narration) are the skills necessary for reading and writing.

Living life together will give you the opportunity to build life skills which will build confidence in the child but also cover many math concepts. My nearly 9year old is just starting his formal Math Curriculum but is grasping concepts quicker than I expected because he has built things, fixed things, talked about these concepts for many years.

Arts and crafts are important to a young child. Make a creative corner (or box) where your daughter has access to material all the time. I personally struggle with mess (a whole separate story!) so I found art materials that encouraged their creativity without the mess. We kept the messy ones for the times I was supervising. Daniel’s favourite was junk box and masking tape. The girls favourite was rubber stamps and water-paint disks.

Giving your child plenty of time for play is also important. Read Benefits of Play to confirm the importance of this aspect of a child’s life.

There are many things that you can do with your daughter in the next few years that will prepare her for formal studies in years to come. The important thing for her now is the relationship and moral training areas. Though it is tempting to look for answers in a curriculum, we need to remember that learning is most effective when it is connected to real life daily experiences. Discipleship (living and learning next to another person’s life) will bring many rewards.

0 Comments

Let me know your thoughts...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Finding homeschool curriculum for special needs child is no different - you look for what they need and use your every day life as much as you can.

Throughout the week I share with other blogs – check out my Link ups and Party page

Finding homeschool curriculum for special needs child is no different - you look for what they need and use your every day life as much as you can.

Individual Education Planning Worksheets - brainstorming every area of your child's life.

Get your Planning Worksheets

I will email you the download link so you can start looking at all the different spheres of your child's life before you make any curriculum choices. 

The download link is on it's way.

An Alternative to Chocolate

An Alternative to Chocolate

Not that I have anything against chocolate - but these jelly beans can help your kids share the message of Jesus, his love, death and resurrection at Easter time.  

The download link is on it's way.

Parent Guide: How to make your Family Bible Study Really Work

Family Bible Study is Tricky with all the Different Ages

 

But there is a way to make this a rich learning and bonding family time.  This Guide includes tips, planning worksheet, and discussion prompts.  

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download yourCharacter Certificates

Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download your Character Certificates

Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

The download link is on it's way.

Download your Cheat Sheet

 

A quick reference to help you discern between a heart attitude and a lack of skill for when your child loses it!

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on its way.

Three things for parents to pray for in the Moment.

Make God your First Response

Print out this parenting reminder to call out to God in the middle of the moment.

I'm excited to share this download with you. Watch your inbox.

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

You will receive an email shortly with the details. Watch your inbox.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

 

Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

I will email you the download link.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Our children hear different words when we react to when we respond. Do your children hear blah blah blah when you correct them? Includes a parenting poster.

Download Parenting Poster

 

When we Respond instead of React we find a way to deal with the heart not just behaviour.

 

I will email you the download link.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Download Character Lesson Guide

You will receive an email shortly with the details. Watch your inbox.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

When family relationships get tense - look for the niggles.

Heart Focused Parenting Resource for the Intentional Parent

 

Your download will arrive in your inbox shortly. 

Print it out and use to teach the hearts of your kids.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Hearts: Heart focus homeschool

Email Course

Daily emails  (6 days) to help you walk towards being a heart focused homeschool family!

You have joined the email course. Watch your email inbox!

Find ways to Re-engage your Student

Download this checklist and stir your child's curiosity

Watch your Inbox - the Checklist is on it's way!

Stay Heart Focused

 

When you parent the heart, the tone of your family will change. 


Weekly Heart Boost emails with practical and encouraging ideas to be heart focused in all areas of family life.

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your family journey. I'll be in touch.

FREE Parenting Worksheet

This worksheet will help you move from addressing behaviour to really parenting the heart, one issue at a time.

 

 

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Parenting Support Library

Join now for extra and regular heart focus family living support.
Weekly emails and bonus content straight to your email inbox.

 

 

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Become a Better Parent

Personal growth starts with an honest assessment

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Give Effective Consequences

Think before you React

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

 

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

One Another Verses

Be Intentional in the Teen Years

Use this Cheat Sheet to remind you of how you can love your teen.

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Devotion Response Kit cover

Download your Devotion Response Kit

5 prompts to encourage the heart of your child as they learn to respond to God's Word

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Prepare a Heart focused Christmas

 

Free email course

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download your copy

Download your copy

Blending Life and Lessons - and start your journey of changing your thinking about education.

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Download: One Another Verses pdf

Download: One Another Verses pdf

Download this list of One Another verses and teach your children how to love others.

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Raising Kids with Character

ATTEND LIVE : FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

A bonus for Heart Booster readers:  Learn how to teach character to your kids so that they can live their lives making values-based choices.

 

Live Session:  5th May 2021, 6.30pm AWST

Replay available until 16th May 2021

 

I'm so excited about this workshop - thanks for joining me!

Raising Kids with Character

REPLAY OPTION : FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

A bonus for Heart Booster readers:  Learn how to teach character to your kids so that they can live their lives making values-based choices.

 

Replay available from 6th May until 16th May 2021

 

I'm so excited about this workshop - thanks for joining me!

Raising Kids with Character

WAITLIST

 

The Raising Kids with Character parenting workshop will be offered again this year - details yet to be confirmed.  Join the waitlist so you don't miss out. 

I will keep in you in the loop as soon as decisions have been made!

Join Heart Boost and gain access to de•vot•ed free for 1 month

 

Connecting everyday living with the Word of God

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Bonus Reading list

 

Sharing my Homeschool Belief File

Knowing what you believe and why about education and homeschooling helps you make good decisions.

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

%d bloggers like this: