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Homeschool goofyness

22nd September 2009

Homeschool goofyness

posted in Autistic Life, Homeschool, Zane |

After working on the math lesson (which, frankly, isn’t challenging enough for Zane and is causing issues of him trying to make a game of it to make it more interesting for him), Zane grabbed the Cuisianaire rods and played for a bit. I am not terribly impressed with K12 math so far. It takes simple concepts and puts in under layers of manipulatives that actually complicate it IMO. The “ten frames” are annoying and actually cause more issues than it solves. I think the biggest part of the problem is that he is too far past this, he already understands the underlying concepts, so making it a multiple step process to add two numbers together is just annoying.

He wants to make a game with spelling too. Instead of just writing the word, he draws a little picture to illustrate the word in some way. Like the word “dock”: he drew a little dock, put water underneath it, then wrote the word “dock” on the dock. He shows through the drawings that he understands the word meaning, which is very, very important for a language delayed kid, and this is the visual equivalent of “use the word in a sentence”, so I am not going to stop it, but it takes what should be a 5-10 minute subject and turns it into a 30-40 minute subject. lol. I do love seeing the creativity though.

Some other examples: (some of these you had to be there and see how they were drawn to understand what he is saying)
“shop” is in the sign of a shop, “far” is on a hill in the distance

“which” on an intersection (which way do you want to go)

“from” (from here to there)

This one he did on his own after we were done. Enough to make a mama’s heart melt, isn’t it.

Here is was instructed to draw a place. He drew a house (and, apparently, we need to add “house” to the spelling list)

And, finally, a self portrait.

Is it bad that I was surprised he included pants and shoes? :o

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 3:05 PM and is filed under Autistic Life, Homeschool, Zane. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

There are currently 2 responses to “Homeschool goofyness”

  1. 1 On October 4th, 2009, Carrie said:

    Very cool stuff! Way to go Zane!!! I love that he independently shows you that he knows what the words mean – he’s such a smart kid!!!

  2. 2 On October 7th, 2009, Alicia Mock said:

    Fantastic stuff! I’m so glad to get to see Zane and the great work he is doing. Jennifer..you are such a dedicated mom and teacher.
    Thanks for this link!

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