Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Autism, Homeschooling, and the Endless Search for Time

I'm still getting the hang of this blogging thing. I've been asked so many time to write about our story and our life, so please stick with me while I get the hang of this blog thing. With that said, one major question is HOW do I do it?!

The answer to how I do it isn't an easy one to answer. I am just now getting this blog up and growing (after a long time of good intentions) because I'm a one mom show. I was going to school full time, primary and solo caregiver to my son with autism, etc. Time to get my own personal thoughts out was pretty non existent in the midst of research papers and homeschooling. To get everything accomplished I would prioritize. No, I didn't always get the highest grades in my undergrad classes because they were not always placed into that top spot. No, my son didn't always get to do that great field trip or awesome science experiment because I had a research paper or exam due. The ability to be fluid and flexible has always been a necessity.

His education has always taken a top spot in the long run, but my education has been needed in order to further his. He wanted to know more about the weather, so I earn a minor in Meteorology. I need to teach him a foreign language, so I get a minor in French, and so on and so forth.

I found the best plan was curriculum with mobility in mind. WHAT?!  Curriculum such as ACE PACEs. They are small workbooks, colorful, and easily stuffed into an overstuffed book bag. Given the fact my son has autism, I also found it to be of benefit since he didn't feel overwhelmed or obligated to complete a huge text book in one sitting, as can happen with spectrum kids. The information was given in a clear manner, and repeated frequently. It is Christian based, which I also found to be helpful.

All of that sounds great, but there are drawbacks. It's kind of hard to keep up with 10 little workbooks per subject. I could have used a 3-hole punch and put them in binders, but what single homeschooling mom, full time student, caregiver to a son with autism has time for that?!

The repetition of the information is boring if your kid catches on quickly. Seriously, I was yawning at times....so we skipped ahead.

It is important to take the placement tests on line. They seem to run a grade level behind in my opinion. Grade 2 WordBuilding (spelling) had words like Man, Mat, Can, Cat....below a 2nd grade level for us.

I also utilized worksheets sites. I am quite fond of Superteacherworksheets.com and Enchantedlearning.com. Both have a huge reservoir of printables, and some are free. Easy Peasy online was used a little, but I don't think anything can really compare to pen and paper. And I used a ton of Scholastic PDFs. PDFs are nice because you can pick the pages you want to print at the time you want them. Pretty awesome!!!!!

So that's how I did it. Prioritize, use small bundles that were easily adaptable to on the go teaching, and a lot of reminding myself that no one is perfect!

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