Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 101

Education & Support

Homeschooling 

I have come to believe that homeschooling is one of the best things we could do for our children. Especially our Alcohol exposed children, as we can modify our curriculum and learning environment to best suit their educational needs. We can wiggle and move when we need to and I have ample opportunity to instill the behaviors and morals of our Christian faith.

The suggestions that follow are from my own personal experience and may not suit your specific child. But thus far, this seems to be what works for us. My best advice is to use as many modalities as possible to teach your child with FASD so that they may be able to retain some of what they have been taught.

 

In "The Blog", I will be writing a series about our life homeschooling or something like that. (I will link when I start writing them) so that you can see how a typical day or days work for us.  Of course, each day has its own challenges and each family would have to do what works best for them. 

 

I have given you links to the publishers (using those links helps me support this website), but I also suggest you look for  used curriculum on e-bay, vegsource.com  (homeschool section), or contact your local homeschool group to find out when they will be holding a used curriculum sale. 


If you are interested in homeschooling, please click here to contact "Home School Legal Defense Association". They can tell you the laws and what you need to do for your particular state.

 

 

 

 

**HomeschoolTeachers.com

This web site is packed with great resources like:

 Art/Drama Computer/Technology Electives Foreign Languages History, Geography, and Social Studies Math Music/Voice Reading, Writing, and Spelling Science/Nutrition Special Needs Just for Parents Extra Resources for Members

If you chose HomeschoolTeachers.com, you could virtually homeschool all of your children with this one resource, or use it to fill in and give your child extra practice. I love this site and I use it daily as a fill in and also use several whole subjects on their own. Its nice to be able to pick and choose what you want. Give it a try. Please use my links to the site, as I make a commission which helps off set the expenses of running this web site. 

 

 

 

**Reading / Language Arts

 

*The Reading Lesson

When my bio daughter was in preschool, I vowed then that I would never have the patience to teach a child how to read. And then I adopted our boys from Russia. I started out my ESL (English as a Second Language) reading class with "The Reading Lesson".  This is a simple, easy to use curriculum for your beginning readers, and if you choose, you can have some back up help using the computer. I think that the computer component has been what has helped the most, as the child can access the lesson they are working on and get the repetition they need without trying your patience. It uses all modalities in that it is visual and auditory and the child has to act on the prompts to get the reward.  

I actually taught my boys how to read, we all survived, and our boys love reading. For more information about "The Reading Lesson" click on the link below.

 

 

 

* Pathway Readers and Workbooks
We love Pathway Readers. They are wholesome readers that I can trust for my boys to read. They liked getting to know the characters and were really drawn into the stories.  We also use the workbooks. If you want more info about Pathway, go to
Pathway Readers & WorkbooksPathway Readers and workbooks

 

 

*Another fun way to get your kids to read is to have them read a story about themselves

Personalized Children's Books

I See Me has many items from personalized books to lunchboxes with your child's name.

 

 

 

**Sex Education

"God's Will For My Body" by John Coblentz is a little book that is done so well and is meant to be completed together with your child. It is wholesome, yet factual and reflects God's creation and intent for our bodies. I have used this for my typical developing daughter as well as two of my special needs children.

 

 

 

 

**Sonlight

 Sonlight Curriculum

Click on link to go directly to Sonlight. By using this link, you help support my web site.Thanks!

    My children are getting a great education and enjoy reading about the different people and places.  Sonlight is a literature-based curriculum, so we read tons of great books out loud together. The kids devour plenty of books on their own, too. We stay away from boring textbooks and really engage in what we're learning.
   With the Instructor's Guides Sonlight provides, we can just open up the guide and do school every day without me spending much time planning. This is a HUGE help with a busy family that needs to fit in multiple therapy appointments and daily life chores.
    Sonlight has helped to explain to my kids about the world around them. We study lots of different cultures and don't just focus on US history. My kids know that not everyone is like us, and they're learning to care about those around them with an intelligent and Christ-centered love.
   Sonlight offers the best risk-free offer of anyone. You can take a whole year to use 18-weeks of a curriculum package or Instructor's Guide. If you don't love it, send it all back (used books and all) and receive a full refund of every penny you paid.
     Sonlight's has an online forums, curriculum advisors (who can help me choose which products will fit my family best) and a customer relations team who are very helpful.
   I should also mention that on top of that, Sonlight has a Rewards Program I enjoy. If you decide to purchase from Sonlight, enter my Rewards ID when you register an account on their site and you'll get $5 off your first order ($50 or more). I'll get points that I can redeem at another time.

My Rewards ID: NH20260383
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http://www.sonlight.com/rewards/NH20260383 

Check out the article on their website  "27 Reasons NOT to Buy Sonlight,"


 

 

 **Math

*Math-U-See
MUS has been a real find for us. The boys really like the videos, and I like that I can play them over and over to help them retain what has been taught to them. My boys LOVE television and since they are not allowed to watch much TV, watching MUS videos feels like a treat to them. :) 

To learn more about MUS go to "Math-USee", but you might want to buy it from the link below as you can get it cheaper.Less Expensive Math U See