Welcome to Day 2 of Multisensory Homeschooling for Children with Special Needs! If you missed yesterday’s post, you can find it here.
Today’s multisensory technique for homeschooling a child with special needs is the use of educational apps and software.
Day 2 – Educational Apps and Software
We use books, workbooks, and paper in our homeschool (which we’ll discuss on Day 5), but we started using more technology when we realized that our younger daughter has special learning needs. Technology seems to help her because it is engaging, provides accommodations and modifications that she needs, and gives her feedback that is both instructive and encouraging. (This is what I strive to do too, but sometimes she doesn’t want to hear it from me.)
The following are some of our favorite educational apps, software, and even games for the Nintendo DSi!
- Math Puppy
- Motion Math: Hungry Fish
- Abby Phonics – This is the second grade version, but other grade levels are available.
- Grammaropolis – We ended up buying the full version, which is $12.99. It’s the first language arts program my daughter has understood, so it was well worth it. After all, I would have paid almost as much for a workbook.
- Stack the States
- Stack the Countries
- Timeline Builder – We got this one on sale.
Note: The girls just received an iPad as a joint gift for Christmas 2012, so it’s still pretty new to us. Please share your favorite apps in the comments.
We have made some big investments in a laptop for our daughter and some software to help her reach her potential. We have also received software for review.
- Marblesoft – We have several of the PC products from Marblesoft. You can read my reviews here.
- Read:OutLoud 6 – A text-to-speech reader with lots of great features.
- Write:OutLoud 6 – A simple talking word processor. It reads words as they are written.
- Co:Writer – Provides assistance with spelling and grammar mistakes and word suggestions in any program requiring writing.
Note: I just found a free text-to-speech software for download. I have no personal experience with this product, so try it at your own risk!
Nintendo DS Games
My girls used birthday money to buy themselves each a Nintendo DSi a couple of years ago. I was pleasantly surprised to find educational games for the DS. (I highly recommend looking for quality used games.) Here are a few of our favorites:
- Always Icecream – There’s Clever Dragons for boys. (We received one lifetime membership for review purposes. I bought the second one for my other daughter because we loved it so much!)
- IXL – I’ve purchased a subscription for this for a couple of years now.
- Ticket to Read – This is our second year to buy a subscription.
- A+ Interactive Math – This is new for us. I received a year’s subscription as one of the prizes for the Homeschool Blog Award I won at The Homeschool Post.
These all work well for my child with special needs. They provide her with needed accommodations and modifications, keep her interested in the subject we’re studying, help her learn new information, and they’re fun!
What are your family’s favorite educational apps, software, and other electronic games?
- Best Reading & Writing iPad Apps for ALL Learners from Help for Struggling Readers
- Apps for Your 2-3 Year Old from Izaiah’s Scroll
Other posts in this series:
- Day 1 – Reference Cards
- Day 3 – Board and Card Games
- Day 4 – Therapy Apps
- Day 5 – Books and Programs
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