10 Resources to Help You Homeschool a Child with Special Needs

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10 Resources to Help You Homeschool a Child with Special Needs

Every child is different. That’s especially true for children with special needs. Even children with the same diagnoses vary widely in their symptoms and responses to therapy regimens and medications. It’s no different when it comes to academics for these same children. What works for one won’t work for another, or it’s not as effective as it might be. That said, these are ten of my favorite resources for homeschooling my child with special needs. I hope you find at least a few that will help you too!

  1. What Your Child Needs to Know When by Robin Sampson. This book is full of checklists by age that will help you know what children generally in each subject at various ages. No, your child may not learn everything at the “right” time, but it’s still a good idea to have a set of goals and objectives in front of you so you can see that you’re making progress.
  2. Home Schooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley. This a comforting but honest look at life with a child with special needs. It contains helpful information about parenting and homeschooling a child with special needs. I struggled to get past the first chapter, because a beautiful quote (which I’ll let you read for yourself) grabbed my attention. I return to it often.
  3. The Struggling Reader products. These products are fairly new to me. (This was my sponsor for Teach Them Diligently Convention.) We are using them regularly, and my daughter loves playing the games included in the multisensory activity books. I loved the assessments and the fact that I can repeat them whenever I choose to chart progress. (There are full reviews coming!)
  4. Heritage History. If you have a child who falls asleep reading history textbooks, try some living books like the classics offered by Heritage History. These stories are packed full of information about different time periods and cultures. My daughter usually wants to know more about why the people dress and act the way they do, which leads to more in-depth studies of countries and cultures. I even manage to squeeze a little geography in. 😉
  5. Grammaropolis. I had tried a lot of different books and programs, but it wasn’t until I began using this iPad app that it really began to make sense to her. Each part of speech is a different color and shape, and there are songs and books to read about each one. Some of the parts of speech provide more information than she actually needs right now, but she’s finally beginning to understand. With everything that’s included in this app, I’m sure we’ll be using it for a long time.
  6. Well Planned Day Planner. I have used this one for two years already and will definitely be using it again. It’s pretty (which never hurts), and it fits my needs perfectly. You need a planner to keep track of exactly what you work on each day with your child so that you can document progress and also keep track of which objectives and goals your child has met. (There’s a software version too. You may prefer that one or another planner entirely.)
  7. IXLI don’t use this as my daughter’s primary math curriculum, but I love it for reinforcing and providing extra practice of skills she’s learning.
  8. A+ Interactive Math. I do use this math curriculum since I received it as a prize for a blog award I won. It is something I would definitely spend money on. This is a computer-based curriculum (either online or downloaded to your computer from CD-ROM) that is completely multisensory. Each lesson is explained in detail. Missed answers are followed by a step-by-step tutorial explaining how the student should have arrived at the right answer. I love it! My daughter doesn’t like math very much, so she may not be as thrilled as I am. One day she’ll thank me. 😉
  9. Old school Dick and Jane readers. I have been buying these off the Amazon Marketplace, Etsy shops, eBay, wherever I can find them and snatch them up! I am purchasing the ones that were released in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I love them. The stories are engaging, the sight words are repeated again and again to build familiarity, and I’m seeing reading progress with my daughter since we began using them. Use what works!
  10. Ticket to ReadWe’ve been using this online program for a few years now. It provides extra reinforcement for phonics skills and will encourage fluency and comprehension when we get to that point.

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