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Tica Mom
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BRAND NEW - know nothing, need advice :)

Postby Tica Mom » Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:56 pm

Hello there!
First post, first group, so forgive any ignorance please!!

My adopted-at-birth son will be 6 this year. Pregnancy history - gestational diabetes, daily marihuana use and "occasional" alcohol use up to the 7th month, at which point she moved into my house and began regular prenatal care, although continued with marihuana use.
A multitude of physical tests, genetic testing included, initiated by his paediatrician at around 1 year due to his small stature and excessively small head showed no abnormalities.
Further testing at the age of 2 was initiated due to delayed speech and behavioural issues. The consensus appeared to be ADHD with a strong possibility of being on the FAS spectrum. No official diagnosis was given, due to his young age.
2 years ago we moved to Central America where he has been enrolled in a bilingual Montessori private school, and will be finishing his second year there next month. My guy is extremely active and is a distraction to other children (or so I've been repeatedly told!). We have tried a plethora of activities, ranging from yoga to surfing, but other than swimming we have been politely asked to try again later when he's more focused.
Although the school is wonderful, it appears we have reached a point where he is no longer making much progress and they seem to know it, as well. There is a meeting scheduled in 2 days with the school, at their request.
FINALLY, I get to my question :) I am considering homeschooling as an option. Advice, suggestions, tips, hints, etc??? TIA :)

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Postby Ramona » Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:07 pm

Go for it! :-)

I've read of many people in similar situations who have homeschooled and felt very successful.

Welcome to the forum.

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Re: BRAND NEW - know nothing, need advice :)

Postby sandykc » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:31 pm

Tica Mom wrote:Hello there!
First post, first group, so forgive any ignorance please!!

FINALLY, I get to my question :) I am considering homeschooling as an option. Advice, suggestions, tips, hints, etc??? TIA :)


Homeschooling is an AWESOME way to go!! We pulled our guys out of public school after five years because no progress was being made. Homeschooling was the BEST decision we made on behalf of our guys.

With an active guy, I'd recommend staying away from too much book-based curricula and tend towards hands-on activities. Math U See and Cuisenaire Rods were some of my boys' favorites for hands on math, and Touch Math is a good choice. Reflex Math is great for building math fact fluency.

For reading, there are a lot of interactive programs listed at http://learningabledkids.com/reading/online-interactive-reading-games-and-programs.htm.

My guys benefited most from IEW's writing programs, but that came after Handwriting Without Tears for us.

You could do project-based science activities and social studies re-enactments, watch videos/DVDs, etc.

I'd probably keep it at about that level until you've adjusted to homeschooling. Working on the basics of reading, writing, and math are the main areas to work on, so as long as you cover those areas for now you should be good.

Hope that helps! :-D
SandyKC
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