Everything Parker Knows He Learned at Home: Kindergarten

I’ve received many emails asking about information on how to home school a kid with special needs.  I’m going to try to do a better job sharing ideas and a general curriculum on Parker’s blog.

I don’t have a store purchased curriculum.  First, they are expensive.  Second, well, they simply don’t fit Parker’s learning style.

So, instead, I create my own.

For Kindergarten we will be studying:

Numbers

Shapes

Handwriting

PECS/Signing Practice

(I’m not a big PECS fan, but I do realize their value in building vocabulary.)

The Alphabet

(This will also be where we get our weekly theme)

Colors

And a Toy of the week.

I plan to work this all in slowly.   Here’s a bit from yesterday:

Alphabet: The Letter A

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Parker will need to be able to recognize the letter A by sight, sound and sign. I’ll be using the format outlined in my post The Education of One Brave Hero.

Level One

*Present two choices. We are using yellow and red.

(Of course I changed this to A and B for this exercise.)

*Ask child to “Give me (red), please.”

*Wait five seconds.

*Repeat.

*Wait five seconds.

*Top the right hand object (in our case the color red), then repeat “Give me (red) please.”

*Wait five seconds.

*Then proceed to hand over hand.

Level Two

*Switch the placement of the two items. Repeat level 1.

Level Three

*Put the two colors down in front of your child. This time you will repeat the steps in Level One, except asking for the other object. (If I had been asking for red first, I would be now asking for yellow.)

*When one color is mastered use the first color (the one mastered) and present every other color one at a time consistently asking for the target color.

This stragegy can be used when learning almost anything. Shapes. Animals. Colors. etc.

Widening a foundation using lots of different activities is important. Here Parker ‘traced’ the letter A using pipe cleaners. He used white on red to make it easier to see.

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Our theme is Apples.


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Parker made an apple tree with his arm,


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the leaves with his hand,


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and the apples with his fingertips!


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Oh, the joy of painting the hand of a kid with sensory issues.

(Not)

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I LOVE art projects.

Through art you can incorporate the learning of colors, shapes, and themes!


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