Multisensory Homeschooling for Children with Special Needs: Day 5 – Books and Programs

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Welcome to Day 5 of Multisensory Homeschooling for Children with Special Needs! If you missed yesterday’s post, you can find it here.

This is the last day of this series. Thank you for joining me each day. I hope you have found the information helpful and that it has given you a place to start as you homeschool your child with special needs. The last multisensory technique for homeschooling a child with special needs in this series is the use of books and programs.

Day 5 – Books and Programs

We have a house full of books, and I use most of them in our homeschooling at one time or another. For the purposes of this post, I will highlight some of the books we use that lend themselves to a more hands-on approach to learning.

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  • The Struggling Reader – a multisensory reading program that addresses phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, fluency and comprehension. It was developed by reading specialists and includes assessments parents can give to their children.
  • Wilson Reading System – an Orton-Gillingham, multisensory approach to teaching struggling readers
  • Reading for All Learners – We were gifted three sets after another family finished with them, and we love them!
  • Clifford’s Phonics Fun books from Scholastic
  • Heritage History books – We have to read these on an eReader, but these living books allow us to go in so many directions with our lessons: notebooking, geography studies, art projects, and more!
  • Dinosaurs for Kids! (enhanced eBook) by Ken Ham & Bill Looney is a new book we’re making our way through. I want to look for more books like this because it is fully interactive, with lots of things to watch, listen to, and tap. My daughter loves it!
  • Great chapter books like the Junie B. Jones series, Mandie series, and Lily series. Find what your child likes and spend a lot of time reading aloud!
  • Any other book that keeps your child engaged in learning, especially if it lends itself well to projects that extend learning like the Heritage History books do for us.
  • For math, I love using manipulatives (including Skittles and GFCF chocolate chips 😉 ) and attribute blocks because they make the concepts very visual and hands-on. There are lots of books available to help you with this.
  • Art can be used in almost every subject. Since my daughter responds well to art, I allow for a lot of drawing, painting, and sculpting time. If you’re looking specifically for “lessons” you can use with your child, try See the Light and A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels: Art for All Ages.
  • Grapevine Studies – We use these studies (along with other resources) when we study the Bible. This works particularly well for my younger daughter, who responds so well to art. These studies have kids actually draw pictures to help them remember key events they’re studying from the Bible, and there are traceable studies available now too. The traceable studies are perfect for younger kids and children with fine motor delays.

(You can find more information about our curriculum choices for this school year in this post.)

Other types of “programs” we use include field trips. That’s right. We take a lot of field trips. There is no better multisensory approach to learning than allowing a child to explore a new environment while you discuss all the new ideas and information presented there. We often come home from field trips to do more reading and research, followed by notebooking of the things we saw and learned!

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Some of the field trips we have taken, that lend themselves to discussions in every subject, include:

  • the fire station
  • the police station
  • a nearby state park, where they reenact life in the 1800s, including candle-making, a print shop, food preparation, and more!
  • three science museums within a couple of hours of our home
  • a bakery
  • a piano repair shop
  • the fairgrounds on “kids’ day”
  • the zoo
  • nature walks

The possibilities for hands-on learning during field trips are endless! Ask around. You’re sure to find some free and inexpensive places to visit on field trips that will prove more educational than you ever imagined.

What books and programs do you use to teach your children that offer a hands-on approach to learning?

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  5. Lisa says:

    I really enjoyed this series! Thank you so much for all of the information, resources and links. We love field trips, too! We love taking pictures. My children will usually take the photos from my blog and put them into power point presentations. They will type (or narrate, for my guy with special needs) all about what it is, what they learned, etc. I also found some photo albums for 40% at A.C. Moore. I am going to print out some favorite photos from our recent trip to D.C. and have the kids cut them out, write captions, print out descriptions, etc. I hope that that will not only help with fine motor skills, but will serve as a “notebooking” of sorts of what they saw, learned, etc. :-)

    • I’m glad you found the series helpful, Lisa! That makes it all worth it!

      I love the idea of turning field trips into Power Point presentations or photo albums! That’s a great way for children who struggle with regular notebooking to accomplish the work in a less frustrating way. Thank you!

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