Special Needs Homeschool Teaching Resources

Yesterday on my Instagram I went through and showed everyone what Kinsley's teacher had sent home for her to work on, and I said I'd do my best to compile a list of resources for any parents out there still navigating these dark waters without much instruction from your schools. 

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I do want to start off with the fact that special education is literally so subjective and individual. That's why these kiddos have IEPs or Individual Education Plans. It's right in the name, individual. What Kinsley is working on could very well be different than what the nine other kids in her class are working on, and could be completely different than what your child is working on as well. 

The resources I'm linking you to in this post are to for activities similar to what Kinsley is working on since that's all I really have to go off of. You know your child best though, so out of these things, take what works for you, and adapt it to what will work best for your child. 

Kinsley has been working on this same name tracing worksheet since preschool. Luckily after three years she's gotten really good at it. To make your own worksheet, CLICK THIS LINK, scroll down and on the portrait option side, type the name you want, traditional font, and then generate worksheet. It will spit you out a sheet that looks like this with your child's name. 

If you can laminate it, I would. Kinsley does this every single day, so it will save you ink and paper if you only need to do it once. 

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If you want to make some flashcards at home, the ones LINKED HERE are the ones I would do. There are flashcards at the Target Dollar Spot, and at Dollar Tree, but I find the ones at the store that you buy have extra pictures and words on them (like A is for apple and a picture of an apple), and that can be distracting, at least it is for Kinsley. These printable ones are just the letter without other distractions.

To print these, click the options for upper-case only, all letters of the alphabet, US Letter for paper size, and I personally like the 8 cards per page option best. 

Then repeat this process for the lower case letters too. 

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Kinsley is currently learning her upper and lower case letters, but it's easier to have them on separate cards so that it's not distracting. I put the card down, and she tells me what the letter is. Before she could do this though, I'd lay four cards in front of her (such as A, B, C, and D), and ask her "which one is A?" and then she would give me the card. 

Once we identify all the letters, we go through one last time and I have her tell me the sound each letter makes. 

The same website for letters also makes number flash cards too. To make these, simply put in the number range you want (we have 1-20), and then select 8 per page, and print. 

To work through these, I put the card down and Kinsley tells me which number it is. Once we go through them once,  we put them away and just move onto the next task. 

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Shapes is another task that Kinsley works on each day. We go through this worksheet one time and have her name her shapes, and correct her where she makes mistakes, and then have her identify the colors. I like this sheet since it has the shapes colored in, meaning you can use one sheet for both tasks without having to print something else. You can also cut this into flashcards too, but we have ours as just one full sheet, and just point to each one we're talking about. 

Also Kinsley's sheet calls a diamond a rhombus, and I feel like that's just not setting her up for success. She's a diamond ;) 

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Alphabet Tracing Worksheets:
We work through tracing one specific letter of the alphabet per day. She does a mixture of sheets where she traces each letter, and other ones where she traces 1-2 times and then she independently writes the letter.  I've linked you to both options above, and you can see what the sheets look like below! 

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In addition to these worksheets we also count out loud to 20, and then count 20 objects. We also read before bed each night, and work on some educational Ipad apps (Lexia and Imagine Math) for 10 minutes per app. Once those things are done, we're done with work for the day! 

I hope this post was helpful! I know how stressful this whole coronavirus/homeschool thing is, but it's even more stressful when you have a special needs child and their learning style isn't like your typical child. I'm happy to answer any questions when possible! 

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