Knee-deep in Curriculum Research; Diving Right In

Today’s research yielded several possibilities for math and reading curricula to use with Kepler. It hadn’t occurred to me until today to use more than one curriculum at a time. I came across the blog of a homeschooling mom who has children with special needs. http://peacecreekontheprairie.com/special-needs-homeschooling/teaching-special-needs-children-to-read-in-the-homeschool This most excellent post had links to several materials she is using simultaneously. It made so much sense to do this.

After investigating several possibilities, I have resurrected a program (Read, Write and Type) I previously bought, as well as got registered for free trials for a couple others.

So far, we have checked out the http://www.tiggly.com/apps (Tiggly apps) on the iPad. These apps can be used with a set of capacitive pieces which have to be bought separately, or can be used by touch, which is what we started with today. He loves it.

Another program that I really like and Kepler does too is Reading Eggs. We went through two entire lessons of this today. This program works on the iPad, but not as well as on the computer.

Most of the curricula which are designed specifically for children with Down syndrome seem a little pricey, but I think we can add them as we are able.

Others that I am looking into include the following:

All About Reading

Explode the Code, which I did in workbook format with my big kids, but will do the online version with Kepler

A counting toy called Inchimals.

Possibly the math curriculum Numicon

And an online curriculum called Time4Learning

Will supplement with things I already have on hand and we’ll give it the old college try. At least that is the plan today. I’m sure things will develop as we go along, but we’ve got a decent start. Over an hour together working today, and that’s after an entire day of school.

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