And what does it look like to homeschool with Down syndrome? Take a look. It looks pretty much like it did when his older siblings were in first grade.
We bake bread together.
It's a good excuse to strengthen his hands.
It should help him hold his pencil better.
Baking bread is like playing with Play-Doh, only you get to eat it at the end. After it's baked, of course.
A little hippotherapy anyone? Joseph loves riding horses with his sisters. Helps to strengthen his core muscles.
Here's my teacher box where I keep all the workbook type supplies. All the traditional schooly stuff.
We use Mother Goose Time, Handwriting Without Tears, All About Reading level 1.
We practice drawing Mat Man. Good pre-writing exercises to practice pencil grip.
He's trying so hard to hold it correctly. See that face. It's the first time he put eyes on a face in the correct spot. Happy day!
His completed Mat Man. This is an activity from Handwriting Without Tears.
Hanging out in the reading corner with one of his favorite books. And apparently someone was disrupting his quiet time. SHHH.
A little fine motor development, sorting cranberries.
Nature Study on the marsh.
Dancing to classical violin tunes. Music appreciation and gym class wrapped up in one.
And more dancing.
And when he's finally tired out enough to sit down, we practice word families. Say each sound. Blend each sound. Say it fast. Wow, Joseph, you're a reader.
We play reading games from the All About Reading program. This time he had to unlock the treasure chests by identifying vowels and consonants. If he unlocked it, he got to eat the animal crackers.
This is just a snippet into a day of homeschooling with Down syndrome. It's not always easy; it's not always pretty, but it's always rewarding.
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