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Subject: Any good websites? & Any good curriculum (sp) books/titles for special need
Date Posted: 10/6/2009 2:21 PM ET
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I'm looking for websites for Pre-K -Kindergarten age with activities or games etc..

Also, what would be some good curriculum (sp) books for a 5 year old with Autism??

I'm new to this homeschooling thing and would appreciate any help with titles of books I should be looking for etc..



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Date Posted: 10/6/2009 3:41 PM ET
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First off, most books probably won't work for an autistic child.  However, your child may be a whole lot different than my daughter with autism.  :D

More than likely, your ASD child will be an audio-visual learner...which is why it's good you're asking for websites.

Starfall is one of the best pre-school sites:

http://www.starfall.com

For curriculum, I'd look into Time4Learning:

http://www.time4learning.com

K12 is also great for an A/V learner:

http://www.k12.com

Many people love Touch Math:

http://www.touchmath.com/

The PBS Kids sites are great learning sites:

http://pbskids.org/go/

Spelling City is good:

http://www.spellingcity.com/

I just purchased a membership to ABCTeach for $20 through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op (which is free to join and SO GREAT!)

http://www.abcteach.com/

http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/

HSBC has loads of stuff (with more every month) for great discounts.

JC

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 6:56 PM ET
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J.C. Thanks soooo much! Thats alot of good info! My son is the same as your daughter. He learns by visual too. Talking doesn't do any good. He learns better hands on. How long have you been homeschooling? Feel free to pm me.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 10:37 PM ET
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Hi,

I could give you good advise if you tell me what your child knows.

Does he know his sounds, letters, colors, shapes. Does he know his numbers up to what? What can he write. What does he draw, does he color in. Does he know what the word "word" and "letter", "number" mean? Can he pick out pictures of things you ask him to? Can he put things in catagories. For instance if you give him cars and balls can he sort them. Does he do more advanced sorting ie with pictures. Can he put a sequence of pictures together 3 in sequence, 4 in sequence. Does he learn by songs, finger play? Does he like to build with blocks? Wooden ones, plastic bristle, etc.

Your major goal will most likely be helping your child learn to learn and why learning the things he is learning are important, to him, in a way that is meaningful in his life and his experience. I have found that memorization is great and helpful, but, making things meaningful to a child is a whole other thing. I have found that finding your childs purpose in life is the key to a childs learning. If what a child is learning has no personal purpose, knowledge and skills mean nothing and a child will not use what he has learned in a purposeful and meaningful way.

I used to be a montessori teacher. I know manipulatives of varying types on the market. I have had experience with  developmentally delayed and Autistic children. I have worked with disabled children, tutoring them and reinforcing occupational and speech/language therapy for years. And of course I am homeschooling my grandson who is Autistic. PM me. I can guide you, in an individual way. Besides we can share experiences.

You have a standing invitation,

 

Elona

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 1:23 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/6/2009 10:37 PM ET
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Hi,

I could give you good advise if you tell me what your child knows.

Does he know his sounds, letters, colors, shapes. Sounds, not so much. Letters, colors yes. Some shapes. Does he know his numbers up to what? He goes to 20 perfectly and he can go to 50 with some help. What can he write. He really can't write. Just the letter A and 0. What does he draw, does he color in. He can't draw and  he likes to color, but just scribbles mostly. Does he know what the word "word" and "letter", "number" mean? He knows what a number and letter is. Don't think he knows what the word "word" is. Can he pick out pictures of things you ask him to? Yes he is very good with this. Alot of things he will point to if I ask, but yet he can't say the word. Can he put things in catagories. For instance if you give him cars and balls can he sort them. Yes, he can do this. Does he do more advanced sorting ie with pictures. Probably not. Can he put a sequence of pictures together 3 in sequence, 4 in sequence. Not really, but can with a little help. Like on starfall.com there is this 3 sequence with seeds, water and shows the plant grown and he did that with me only showing him once. But other than that he'd have trouble with other pictures. Does he learn by songs, finger play? Yes he LOVES music and will humm the tunes and try to sing them. Does he like to build with blocks? Wooden ones, plastic bristle, etc. Not blocks, but legos yes. But, just plain wooden blocks no.

Your major goal will most likely be helping your child learn to learn and why learning the things he is learning are important, to him, in a way that is meaningful in his life and his experience. I have found that memorization is great and helpful, but, making things meaningful to a child is a whole other thing. I have found that finding your childs purpose in life is the key to a childs learning. If what a child is learning has no personal purpose, knowledge and skills mean nothing and a child will not use what he has learned in a purposeful and meaningful way.

I used to be a montessori teacher. I know manipulatives of varying types on the market. I have had experience with  developmentally delayed and Autistic children. I have worked with disabled children, tutoring them and reinforcing occupational and speech/language therapy for years. And of course I am homeschooling my grandson who is Autistic. PM me. I can guide you, in an individual way. Besides we can share experiences.

You have a standing invitation, Thank-you sooo much! You really seem to know what you are talking about and I'm so happy to have met you! I will accept any help or guidence you can give me. I'm an open book!