Gingerbread Mama Posted January 11, 2012 Share Posted January 11, 2012 I am really floundering for where to start with homeschooling my 8 year old. He was in first grade this year (we did age 3-6 in a SpEd preschool program, but he was considered "typical" and so received no services... he was able to be there an extra year - until 6 - because of how his birthday fell.) Let me tell you what he CAN do first: He can recognize letters and tell me their sounds. He can sound out short words (CVCs mostly, he can also do CVCCs most of the time I've tried them.) Our "can't" list: Anything with a silent e stumps him. Phonics wasn't a big part of school at our old school, they taught letter sounds in preschool and some in kindergarten. By after Christmas of K, though, they were doing sightwords almost exclusively. He will randomly read words, but if I ask him later to read the same word he tells me he doesn't know it. Even simple readers are too much for him to read aloud to me. Okay, math is another big stumbling block. He CAN recognize numbers, "read" number words 90 percent of the time, and he can count items and then write the number for me or tell me the number. He CANNOT add or subtract. This was HUGE for us in PS because they were already doing subtraction with borrowing by Christmas :confused: This kid couldn't even tell me 2+2=4 without counting it up and they wanted him to tell them 17-9=8!!! I was in the early stages of having him tested for an IEP or 504...as in we had been at this (observations, charting his grades, etc..) for 2 years and we were ALMOST able to give him an actual test :banghead: It just got to be too much for me. He was falling further behind daily, I could almost SEE it happening before my eyes, and they were saying "We are going to move him from Tier 2 to Tier 3 and, THEN, in 9 weeks if he hasn't improved we can look at testing." The woman who was the "interventionist" for his grade level was VERY nice, though, and did a few of the tests on him "unofficially". She did a RAT (I guess that's the acronym, that is what she called it.) I think she did another one, as well, but I can't recall a name. She wasn't conclusive with anything. One thing she commented on was a part where she read him a word and he gave her an association. I can't remember what she told him, something like pickle, and he said "falling glass". She said he didn't seem to be making the connection and then verbalizing it, but was either making the wrong connection or was verbalizing something different than what he was thinking. She also worked with him, in the classroom, on math this year and said he didn't understand the VALUE of numbers. He doesn't get that five is always "XXXXX", but rather has to count it each time "one, two, three, four, five". FWIW, this kid can hold a conversation with adults. He can remember driving directions (You need to turn left up here) when we've only been somewhere once, long ago. So, it isn't that he isn't functional AT ALL. I'm just at a loss for what to do with him. Where do I start? Any recommendations for programs/curriculum we might use for those subjects? His fine motor skills aren't good, either. That makes anything with a lot of writing very hard. It also makes doing a worksheet sort of beside the point, because when he looks back at it, it is filled in with chicken scratch. My oldest DS was very similar in that regard and has finally gotten much better with his writing (he is 12, it has improved in the last year or so!) I know that may come along on it's own, but I'd like to do somethings that incorporate strengthening his fine motor skills to help that along. We have been doing playdough, and he has been tracing words/letters/numbers I've written. I had to correct his grip, they had him using a pincer grip (index and middle on top, thumb on bottom) His hand does seem steadier using the tripod grip I taught him. They also had them doing some weird thing where they never took their pencil off the paper when forming a letter/number. His 4 ended up looking like an incomplete w, so I've taken him back to basics on that. We are re-learning it the way I learned it, small L shape and then the stick. It looks much improved when he does it that way. Where do I start? Do I go back to preschool type stuff with him? I know this was long, if you stuck with it.....Thank you!!:tongue_smilie: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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