I am always a little skeptical when it comes to anything reading, but I had no reason to be with Home School Navigator. We got to experience and try out a few different levels, and I ultimately chose the BLUE Level as his "official" level.
There are also what I like to call "teaching videos" that really benefit Mr. B because he is more apt to pay attention to someone else, rather than me, at times.
The teacher's guides are so handy! Everything is planned out by the week and day. I like to print a month at a time, and go from there. It's nice to just check things off, and know I have that to keep in our records for his end of the year portfolio review.
I also give the daily print off to Mr. B. This way he has a visual of what he has to do, and he can easily mark through what he has completed. He doesn't even have to ask what to do first, because they are numbered for him already. This is great for kids on the spectrum who need that little nudge to know what to do, and when.
The printable worksheets are really great. I'm not going to show a screen snip of everything included for one week, but these should give you a pretty good idea. This is a full on curriculum, and really everything you need for the whole year.
The font is easy to read, and I like that there's not a lot of distractions. I also like how each page features the level number (B 1.1.5 for example) so you know what worksheet goes with what day/week!
There are books that go along with this. We are reading "Holes" right now. But the books are easily found at the library if you don't already have them.
Overall, I can't be happier! Mr. B will willingly do his reading work, I can get a few things done around the house since I don't have to hover over top of him and keep him on task, and he really enjoys it, too. He's learning a lot! I HIGHLY recommend this to others!
Does Home School Navigator Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
You can work at your own pace, however the plan is a 9 month school year. You are bound by your subscription time limits. You can skip ahead, or repeat, as needed.
There are no hidden fees, but you are responsible for acquiring the books for each part. You do not have to have the read aloud books, as those are on video for you. The books are easily found at the library. Home School Navigator does cover multiple age. Mr. B is 12, and we were working on the Blue Level. You are locked into your level. I'm not sure how difficult it is to change levels if needed.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
Mr. B loves it. He usually wanted to work ahead! I think this is VERY special needs friendly!
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
This would cover reading and language arts.