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1/17/11 11:55 A

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My son was constantly told by teachers that he had ADD/HD. We never had him diagnosed, but it was obvious to us that the traditional educational methods did not do well by him. Many of our homeschool group found their situation to be similar to ours. The relaxed atmosphere at home is much more conducive to education for many children. We use an eclectic mix of curriculums and try to get some active play in as well.

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1/16/11 8:02 A

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My son has CAPD (central auditory processing disorder) and while he has NOT been diagnosed with autism, they put that CAPD under that category because it has some of the same characteristics.

I have to go over the same things year after year in certain areas (such as grammar, vocabulary) because that is where his weaknesses are. We use various workbooks for him in spelling and vocabulary that are years under what he would be doing at his age in public school.

I guess that is one of the great things about home schooling, you put the child where they are mentally able to be instead of forcing them to do something they can't because their age is telling you they are supposed to be in this grade (like public school).

We use Horizons Math, which is advanced, but it is spiral and repeats and refreshes things they have learned from time to time which is what he needs because his memory is not good at all.

His biggest struggle is spelling, grammar, etc. and he does better in math.

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7/25/08 9:45 A

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I have a friend who has a 11yo son who has asperger's. She is a radical unschooler and completely lets him lead his own education. It really works for him because he gets interested in some topic and then has to do all the "work" to be able to learn about it whether it's science, math or whatever. He's a little behind my 10yo son who would be in the same "grade" if they were at school but I think that's more a learning curve thing than the learning style. My son has been reading books out of the adult section of the library for a couple of years now. (Well, at least if it had to do with sports or the Civil War. LOL Anything else, forget it! )

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7/25/08 9:43 A

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Hi I have a 5 yo son. We will be doing our 2nd year, but FIRST year technically as a kinderg in a few weeks.
We are going to use SWR (Spell to Write & Read) for Lang. Arts prog will last appx 4-6 yrs ) & then haven't decided on math yet. Horizons (Alpha Omega) or math U See. That is going to be my primary focus this year, but we will do some other stuff too.
Are you going to use the "Five in a Row" cirric? WE used it for a bit, but didn't work out for us.
Anyway, good luck!

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7/24/08 10:45 P

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hello and welcome!

I started homeschooling one year ago. Last year we pretty much "deschooled" - did math-u-see (I loved it, the kids didn't though) also used spelling power (again, I loved it the kids didn't) Although most of that was due to the fact they weren't (still aren't) happy with our decision to take them out of public school.

This year I bought the Switched-On-Schoolhouse (rather expensive, but I thought it would be better for our situation) The kids like it for the most part. But we haven't started full-swing yet.



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7/24/08 10:13 P

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Hello Everyone!

Our Son is a high-functioning Autistic. I'm curious to learn if anyone else Home schools their child on the spectrum and what curriculum they use?

God Bless,
~Reverend Heidi

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