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    Default My special needs student about to begin high school

    It's been a long time, a very long time, since I posted here. A lot has changed/happened in that time.

    My oldest is on the brink of proposing to his girl friend, and he works as grill chef at a Cracker Barrel. My daughter is working at a McDonald's, and lives with me. My middle son got his GED, moved to another state and lives with my brother. And my youngest, the one with special needs, is about to begin high school. Oh, and I am once again a single mom...

    I am trying to figure out how to plan for his high school course. I feel like I want to focus on preparing him with life skills, focus on hands-on, vocational training, etc. Yet, because I am a single mom, I feel the need for some source of income, and may need to find work out of the home. In this case, he may need something that requires less of my time along side him (maybe video courses or something, since he is still a struggling reader/writer).

    What have you all done for your high school aged special needs students?

    As a reminder: he is mildly hearing impaired; speech impaired; has expressive receptive language disorder; he's even been "diagnosed" as being "mildly mentally retarded" through a psych eval. He is cognitively challenged.
    Last edited by KayH; 05-09-2018 at 10:09 AM.
    ~KayH~
    ~mom of 4, ages 15-26--Homeschooling since 1998~
    "Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive."~Eleanor Roosevelt

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    No answer to your question, but I wanted to pop on and tell you HI It's good to see you
    Wife to Jim and Mama to Katie (1/01), Mattie (9/02), Cale (4/05), and Ben (8/08)

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    It is good to see you! Hugs to you friend. You are balancing a lot.

    We have used some dvd courses for some of our high school aged children and really enjoyed it. I'm not sure on how well they would work for your son, but may give you a place to look and consider.
    *Personal Finance - These are the Dave Ramsey budget and finance course. We really enjoyed this and I think its a great life skill. I think it works best when they have some source of income so that they can apply the lessons. We did this prior to my guys have more full time jobs so it works then too.
    *Constitutional Literacy - I loved this class. Video based and then discussion. You could look at the books to see how it would work for your son.
    *Mystery Science - We just signed on for this and so I can't give much feedback, but here is some of their description of the program.

    Hi Leslie — Hands-on science with kids can be tough to manage. Mystery Science has invented a new format for activities that makes it easy. There are three key parts:

    Visual & auditory support
    Every step is demonstrated and narrated for visual and auditory learners.

    View an example step

    Audio-visual step
    Looping videos
    Each step loops for kids who need to see the demonstration a few times.

    View a looping step
    Looping video step
    Worksheet walk-throughs
    The videos show kids how to record hypotheses, observations, and explanations on activity handouts.

    View a worksheet step
    Activity Worksheet
    “The step-by-step instructions were fantastic, the visuals helped so much, and the hands-on activity was the best part!”
    — Samantha (teacher, Hawaii)

    Are you looking for suggestions for all of your coursework? Do you have a math that works? What type of instruction works best for your son? Perhaps that would be a better place to start so that we can suggest things that might work for him.

    Hugs to you!
    Leslie Nelsen, Family Room Moderator
    Wife to Roger, Mom to Christopher (24) married to Emily, Rebecca (22), Joshua (18), Isaiah (16), Daniel (13), and Eliana Joy (11).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KayH View Post
    My oldest is on the brink of proposing to his girl friend, and he works as grill chef at a Cracker Barrel.
    Correction: He is engaged! As of yesterday...
    ~KayH~
    ~mom of 4, ages 15-26--Homeschooling since 1998~
    "Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive."~Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Kay!

    Congrats on the engagement!

    We are homeschooling our son who will be in 8th grade next year. He has Down syndrome and his academic level is somewhere in the K-2nd grade range.

    I have found a LOT of great things on https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ for him. I think if you will sit down and search the site you may find some things that meet your needs.

    I saw this linked today from a friend who has NOT used t: https://fascinatingeducation.com/
    She says it is part of the https://www.buildyourbundle.net/ deals right now.

    Hugs!
    Hollie, Special Needs Forum Moderator
    Wife to my best friend Tom and mom to 19yo Eli, 17yo Kyle, and 14yo Noah (with Down syndrome)
    If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. Ignacio Estrada


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollie in SC View Post
    Kay!

    Congrats on the engagement!

    We are homeschooling our son who will be in 8th grade next year. He has Down syndrome and his academic level is somewhere in the K-2nd grade range.

    I have found a LOT of great things on https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ for him. I think if you will sit down and search the site you may find some things that meet your needs.

    I saw this linked today from a friend who has NOT used t: https://fascinatingeducation.com/
    She says it is part of the https://www.buildyourbundle.net/ deals right now.

    Hugs!
    Thanks.

    We have reviewed for the Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Review Crew for several years now. Last year we reviewed Fascinating Education (chemistry). He seemed to like it okay.

    We also have Biology 101 and Chemistry 101 from https://the101series.com/ which I will probably use for him.

    Another product we are currently reviewing puts him at a 3rd grade reading level. I thought that by now he might be at least to 5th grade level.
    ~KayH~
    ~mom of 4, ages 15-26--Homeschooling since 1998~
    "Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive."~Eleanor Roosevelt

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