I would start with the Ronit Bird ebooks, not the printed. The printed are awesome, but the ebooks include videos. If you go through her Dots, C-Rods, and Multi- books, they're the rough equivalent of Toolkit.
Do you have language test scores? Can't do math without language, unfortunately, so it would just be something to check, to see if there's anything that maybe didn't flag him for an IEP goal but is still maybe something you could work on that would help.
Do you find that he has sequencing issues overall, or only with time and months? Like can he say the steps of a task or retell a short narrative or tell you the three things he did today?
I would encourage you to play games together. RB includes games in every lesson in the ebooks. So you explore a concept, play a game. Not only can you do the RB games, but also you can do games from Family Pastimes or things that Timberdoodle sells or whatever. Games weave in math, social, bonding, chill breaks... They're good on SO many levels, and as a new(er) homeschooler maybe you need a reminder that it's really OK to play games and call it school.
Clumsy Thief is awesome for money. My ds is the age of yours, also with SLD math, and he'll still play kitchen, play store. I don't know if FASD brings developmental delays. The dc I know with it also later got diagnosed ASD, so it kind of skews my impression.
With my ds, the other challenge is not just whether he can do the math (which Ronit Bird is great for), but whether it will generalize. That means will he know that 5+2 is 5+2 with a new manipulative or in a new setting, kwim? So, alas, what that means is things just plain take longer. Like this could be way harder than even a regular SLD. Cuz you ain't never had fun till you've taught it for a week in one setting, finally gotten it clicking, and then handed him a new manip and got a blank.
So what that means here is I try to stay on one concept a long time and work it across areas. Like if we're working on what the nearest 10 is, then we're going to do that in time, in money, in the car while looking at the clock, in the kitchen while measuring, at church with snacks, all over, lots of ways, lots of places.
My ds really enjoys the RB things. They're simple, with very small steps that he can get. I would encourage you to back all the way up and let him be a rock star. if you milk it, by the time you finish Dots he'll know all his addition facts. Then you can teach her Turnovers game if you want and teach subtraction and negative numbers that way.
We like the Think Mats games by Carson Dellosa. They're too hard for your ds right now, but get through Dots and he'll be ready. Take that back, they have a K5 level. Score!
I have a really cute clock that looks like a man, with arms and legs, and it talks. We like playing with that. I got it used at a sale from someone who also had a ds with SLD math. That thing was really special to the boy, beloved. You can get a lot of mileage out of purchases like that if they really click with him developmentally.
I keep measuring tapes around. You can get them inexpensively at Joanns, like for $1. What that lets me do is have a concept we're working on (nearest 10, whatever) but then practice it lots of ways, 3-4 different ways.
You're asking how long to work. We do short sessions to tolerance. We've increased his tolerance. You might want to break it into chunks of no more than 10 minutes and alternate the activity and a calming break. That way you can get in say 30 minutes of math, but it's not tedious and doesn't FEEL like 30 minutes of drudgery. Like when I do that, it's gonna be maybe 10 minutes of Ronit Bird, break, 10 minutes of either a different manipulative or some worksheets, break, 10 minutes of a game. So we got in 30 minutes, but it wasn't heavy, kwim?
My ds will do anything, as long as we keep it fun. Edible is a bonus. Fun is essential. I just got him the math subtraction locks from Lakeshore Learning. They have the whole store and website 20% off right now. Subtraction Learning Locks at Lakeshore Learning They have them for addition, phonics, all sorts of stuff! I'm not saying they'll teach him subtraction. For my ds, it's practice. But the point is he can do those with a worker, he prefers them, and they build lots of goodwill about math, lots of good vibes with I like math, this is fun, we can engage with this. I try to keep it on the fun, easy side and just keep taking teeny, tiny steps. The steps add up. Ronit Bird is BRILLIANT. If you keep taking small steps, you WILL get there.
I use lots of worksheets from Teacher Created, Carson Dellosa, etc. I especially like things that say daily review or warm-up, because then tend to be SHORT. So he might get like one word problem and one graph to read, and a lot of times they can even answer by circling the letter for the answer. So I get compliance, some momentum, a way to work on the language, but it's not expensive and not overwhelming. I pick really carefully, so the worksheets are within reach, not really at instructional level. Like back up to rock star level and build momentum.
Edited by OhElizabeth, 07 August 2017 - 10:40 AM.