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zette
08-25-2013, 09:22 PM
Are there any other afterschoolers here? DS8 is in a special ed school for kids with Aspergers, but I have concerns about their academics (other parents have all expressed similar concerns). He is about a year behind in reading and writing. We may try homeschooling again when his little sisters go to kindergarten, but for now it's not the best option for our family.

Unfortunately, I have all these great ideas, but getting DS to do extra work can be a real struggle. He has about 20 min of homework from school, and I want to try and get him to do two more 15 min sessions of afterschool. (DS also has ADHD, so there are lots of trampoline breaks in between.)

I'm trying to prioritize doing one or two of these each day:
Funnix reading lesson (10 min)
5 stories in Progressive Phonics (15 min)
One Reflex Math session (takes DS 25-30 min)
Reading EZ level books from the library (15-30 min)

I wish I could also fit in the following:
Explode the Code
Draw Write Now
Something from BraveWriter
Life of Fred
Story of the World

If you are after schooling, how much time are you doing and what are you using?

Stella M
08-25-2013, 10:17 PM
I had grand plans for after schooling my dd last year. Those plans were very quickly derailed by how tired she was after school, and also by the amount of homework she had.

Could you keep some of you 'wish I could fit in' subjects for either weekend fun or for the term breaks ?

What about getting the audio version of SOTW and listening in the car? Child can narrate after or you can just listen.

I think what I would do is:
extra reading after school
extra math on a weekend
SOTW on audio
Bravewriter/art during holidays

wendygrace
08-25-2013, 10:32 PM
We are just starting this journey and we are also having trouble getting anything done. I would read LoF outloud to him while he's jumping on the trampoline, do things on the weekend. When I was fully homeschooling, ds did really well on a 7 day "school" schedule so that's easy for us as he is used to doing something daily. But really, with his homework, all I'm getting done with him right now is the homework and nothing extra.

echomyst
08-26-2013, 12:55 AM
My brother and I were "afterschooled" as kids and what worked for our family was year-round schooling and lessons on weekends (usually Saturday mornings and part of afternoons, but sometimes extended to Sunday if we didn't manage to get much done the day before). We almost never "afterschooled" on regular school days because there just wasn't enough time what with our regular homework and piano practices and such.

zette
08-26-2013, 11:39 AM
I think with a struggling reader that it is important to work on it every day. Maybe once he reaches the chapter book level I can shift the focus more toward writing. I do like the idea of SOTW and a science lesson on the weekend.

Then there's all the extra-curricular stuff I'd like to fit in:
speech therapy
Cub scouts
swimming lessons
chores
learning to cook

Sounds like the real answer is to ditch the special ed school and homeschool!