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Copywork- Go with K or 1st grade level or SN curric?

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    #16
    Re: Copywork- Go with K or 1st grade level or SN curric?

    You all have gone far above and beyond here. I am feeling so grateful ❤️ This is by far the most helpful feedback and thorough explanation I have gotten on choosing the right level of materials for my son. My son is going to benefit greatly from. It. I really needed some guidance here as a first time homeschooler. I have officially homeschooled for 60 days! Im such a newbie and this forum has proved to be exatly what I needed.
    My son likes to count the days we work together 😊 So thats how I know how many days I have been doing this! Ha ha ha

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      #17
      Re: Copywork- Go with K or 1st grade level or SN curric?

      I will take a look at those R&S books for 4-5 year olds. That fine motor work would be great for him as that is an area he needs plenty of work on.

      He is working on Doing it Carefully for kinder level right now and its definitely a good fit for him. as you can imagine cutting and coloring are not his favorite things but he is a willing participant ha ha

      If he does level 1 then these added workbooks would be too much? Im still looking over level 1 and seeing how much work that would be for my son. I dont want to do too much.

      I have to say this special need curriculum is beautiful. Thats exactly the word for it. I just saw a sample lesson plan and I honestly love it. Its exactly what I am looking for in terms of teaching the beauty of the scripture and literature. Love love

      Also I absolutely love the emphasis on daily living skills!! That is something I typically added in on my own. My son can do chores, he cooks and bakes with me, etc. but the fact that this is weaved in with the studies is wonderful. Love it

      Nubia

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        #18
        Re: Copywork- Go with K or 1st grade level or SN curric?

        Originally posted by Nwicks629 View Post
        If he does level 1 then these added workbooks would be too much? Im still looking over level 1 and seeing how much work that would be for my son. I dont want to do too much.

        I have to say this special need curriculum is beautiful. Thats exactly the word for it. I just saw a sample lesson plan and I honestly love it. Its exactly what I am looking for in terms of teaching the beauty of the scripture and literature. Love love ...

        Nubia

        Thank you, Nubia. Yes, you would not want to attempt SC 1 with all of those preschool books at the same time.

        These seem to be the options in January:
        1.) You could jump into Simply Classical Level 1 exclusively as planned.
        2.) You could work through a few more of the preschool books as a transition to SC 1.
        3.) You could teach SC 1, and have a few preschool books on hand for days when you cannot teach a full-time.

        Any of these would help him. The consistency, sequence, and integrated content of SC 1 would likely help the most, especially in oral language and reading. SC 1 also provides pages and pages of early letter strokes for good fine-motor practice. Given your son's enthusiasm for learning (counting the days!), this seems like a perfect opportunity to increase systematic instruction.

        He can have his special "lesson time" with mom, while he continues helping with his important daily chores and helping with new baby care.

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          #19
          Re: Copywork- Go with K or 1st grade level or SN curric?

          Thank you for summarizing that for me Cheryl. I got so many good suggestions and feedback. You read my mind. I was thinking that I needed to look over all the replies and write down what the options were!

          I like option 3. We are definitely taking a solid break while we all adjust to baby #3 for a while. Im bracing myself for a tough transition for myself! I know my son will enjoy having sister here but at the same time he is kind of a worker and I know he is going to want to keep going at some level. I am going to have help during those early months so we will see if we can add in some work for him.

          Thank you so much for helping me figure this out.

          Now that I have this plan (we will see how it plays out in real life in the new year) I am not thinking about it so much. Thank you

          Nubia

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            #20
            Re: Copywork- Go with K or 1st grade level or SN curric?

            Originally posted by Nwicks629 View Post
            Thank you for summarizing that for me Cheryl. I got so many good suggestions and feedback. You read my mind. I was thinking that I needed to look over all the replies and write down what the options were!

            I like option 3. We are definitely taking a solid break while we all adjust to baby #3 for a while. Im bracing myself for a tough transition for myself! I know my son will enjoy having sister here but at the same time he is kind of a worker and I know he is going to want to keep going at some level. I am going to have help during those early months so we will see if we can add in some work for him.

            Thank you so much for helping me figure this out.

            Now that I have this plan (we will see how it plays out in real life in the new year) I am not thinking about it so much. Thank you

            Nubia
            Hi Nubia!

            Cheryl pinged me when she said "Anita, our homeschooling mom of three with special needs, could speak to her experiences with SC and oral language." Boy, can I!!! (I am also expecting my 4th baby in May. So I know how you're feeling.) My oldest did not speak until he was 5 years old and both he and his little sister and brother have varying degrees of language processing difficulties. Comprehension is definitely our biggest challenge. But my oldest child, Winston (7 years old) is also a "worker" like your little man and also is above his level in some areas but behind in others -- he also ADORES babies. I have a full-time nanny (as much as he can help) in the making here! Like you, I have no worries that he will not be totally enthralled with the new baby. I'm excited about his excitement!!!!

            Looooooong story short: We've been using SC for about a year and a half and I cannot say enough wonderful things about how well my kids have done with it and how much they have progressed. It has truly been a blessing. All three of my children have gained focus, self-discipline, vocabulary, awareness, curiosity, perspective, LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION, a love of poetry, stories, COLORING (this was a HUGE deal for Winston who despised coloring when we started SC C -- he takes his sister's coloring books now and colors them for her! And he is very good!), fine motor (Winston wouldn't hold a pencil and now has gorgeous handwriting), and on and on and on.

            Get the Level you need, supplement as suggested, do the work (at your son's pace) and reap the rewards. I am telling you, you will be so impressed -- dare I say blown away -- at how wonderfully he will take to it and how much he will achieve. Winston is also better at "whole word" reading than phonics, but I am teaching him phonics anyway. This has more rewards than you might think. It helps him learn sequence, rules, how to decode (concepts that carry over into math) and, as Cheryl mentioned, a LOT of printing practice. R&S math also emphasizes printing. You will also get the SC Copybook and the Core Skills Phonics book that asks for written answers -- all are appropriately paced and able to be modified for children with challenges in fine motor (for example, you can copy the whole row of a number or letter, or you can copy three good copies and move along to the next row -- sometimes if I know my son is tired or the material is too easy for him but we need to complete the work, I ask for oral answers). There are dozens of ways you can modify the curriculum, but there are SO MANY good references embedded in the Lesson plans, you might not need to. Any time you get stuck, you can also come here and ask a question. You'll get a world class (and FREE!) answer.

            Welcome to our community! Excited to have you! And congratulations. You are welcome to PM me or look at my previous posts on the boards here for SC and in K-8 for more background. Hope you have a beautiful Christmas!
            Last edited by Anita; 12-21-2015, 10:08 PM.
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              #21
              Re: Copywork- Go with K or 1st grade level or SN curric?

              Hi Anita! Thank you for replying. Yes I can definitely related to the new baby on the way and hs a child with these particular needs. I was just talking to my son's Occupational therapist yesterday and she commented on my son's considerable trouble with comprehension and needing extra time to respond to an answer. We know he has auditory processing issues and we are now seeing how challenging it is.
              But we know that with diligent work and offering him good things to learn will be great.

              my son hates phonics instruction but he deals with it! We also do a combination of phonics and whole word reading. He just loves to try out new words and read books. He could care less about phonics! But I agree, its important.

              My son dislikes anything having to do with coloring too! I do hope one day he can at least endure some coloring or art in order to feel accomplished. But I dont hold my breath that he will love it. We shall seee! Miracles do happen!! lol

              I love everything I am hearing Anita. I so desire a fulfilling curriculum not just for my son but for me too. To fill our house with wonder, beauty, and form a character of servitude. Not just for my son but for myself too! I could use more discipline, I could use more beautiful words and scripture in my heart! When things get tough I could use all of this.

              I will definitely PM If I have anymore questions.

              Nubia Wicks

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