*A version of this post was originally published on July 27, 2016.
With this school year quickly coming to an end, many homeschoolers are in the process of planning exciting new learning experiences and educational activities for next year!
So it seems like a great time to show you guys some of the learning activities that we have used in Bethany’s special needs homeschooling program!
Just because I am no longer legally required to homeschool Bethany and even thought we had a high school graduation party for her last summer, doesn’t mean her educational experiences are over.
It just means that now I have the freedom to plan learning activities and experiences that are truly enjoyable for her, suit her needs, and are meaningful and relevant to her life!
I love not having to worry about how many hours she spends doing required academics or sending in progress reports of the goals she’s been working on!!
It’s kind of awesome!!
Bethany currently functions at the preschool-Kindergarten grade level.
She’s still learning simple one digit addition and subtraction problems and attempting to blend letter sounds into simple CVC words like cat, dog, pot, etc…
She also forgets what she has learned quite easily, so I’m constantly looking for fresh new special needs homeschooling curriculum ideas and activities to present the same concepts to her over and over again without boring her!
While I have given up trying to teach her concepts like how to count change or tell time, I do believe that I will never stop trying to teach her how to read!
Reading is so important and enjoyable to her father and me that we hope someday she’ll be able to enjoy reading as well!
And now, without further adieu, below is…
A Few of Bethany’s Past Favorite Special Needs Homeschooling Curriculum Activities.
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- Graphing using dot paints, stickers and stamps
- Addition using dot paints, stickers, and stamps
- Spelling using letter stamps and letter tiles
- Addition and subtraction using foam cubes paired with flash cards
- Addition using Dominoes and Dice
- Wipe off learning activities such as Brain Games Kindergarten
- Plaid Phonics work book
- Animals and their habitats using Rod and Staff preschool work books and a few other books such as: Catterpillars, Creatures of the Desert World, and Creatures of the Woods, animal sticker books, and the Beginning Bird Watcher’s Sticker Book
- Even though Bethany can write her letters and numbers quite well, she still enjoys perfecting her technique with letter and number stencils
- Bethany also loves to cut and paste so I thought she might like this I Can Paste book.
- The most important educational experiences of all for Bethany however, will be real life practical “independence” gaining lessons such as: turning her own shirts right side out; turning on the faucets to warm and then washing her own hands after using the toilet and washing her own body in the shower; putting her clothes, games, and other belongings away; making her own purchases while out shopping; and learning how to be safe while out and about in the community..
Do you have any other ideas? Let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking for new educational activities!
Click on the links below for a few other fun special needs homeschooling curriculum ideas and activities for teaching:
Whatever your plans for the new school year are, I hope you have the best homeschool year you’ve ever had so far!
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Watch Bethany in action using some some of our special needs homeschooling curriculum and ideas in the video below!
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