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    Default Hello from Wyoming, moving son to homeschooling for 6th grade

    Super long, really sorry for that. Just need a helpful pointing in the right directions.

    We are a family of 5, a 12 year old son and 10 year old daughter and son. Our kids have a wide range of strengths and weaknesses. But our 10 yr old son has far more difficulties in school.

    Our twins were born at 29wks and have come quite far since then. But our youngest is averaging between a kindergarten level for reading up to 2nd grade level for math. IQ scoring for last 2 full IEPs between 68-75. His working memory can be tricky sometimes and we need to revisit material often to keep progressing. He struggles to stay on task, especially if he starts to get confused and gets overwhelmed. Sensory issues can throw things into a whirlwind as well. The gap between his peers is growing and growing and sadly both sides realise that.

    In our twins school they have one 5th grade class with 29 students and a 1st yr teacher who is drowning. Teachers are overwhelmed, budgets are minimal, as parents we try to help out where we can. Our daughter we are slightly considering moving to homeschooling, but more for family reasons and less for academics. She is doing well in school and has a love for reading and math. Our oldest we are considering minutely for family reasons as well, but he is on an honors/ap track at his school and is an avid theater kid.

    So for now we are definitely moving our youngest, but am trying to find the best path for us and him. We've heard from others good and bad about the Virtual Academy and Connections Academy here in Wyoming. But I just don't think it will be a good fit for him with how delayed he is and possibly needing additional help. Looking for any advice or recommendations for kids who are developmentally delayed, struggle with reading, academics and attention. Being our first year doing it we were looking for a more laid out type of curriculum. That's what initially drew us to the online public school programs. But so many negative reviews for kids who needed more assistance. Just not sure where to start for kiddos like him.

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    Hello! I know you might not take a kid seriously with a suggestion but I completely understand what your going through! In fact, I use Time4Learning, it really simplifies this and is usually really easy to understand! You can customize your own schedule and is very flexible. The best part is that it's for slow learners! I'm currently 13 and already in highschool as a freshman! Time4Learning helped me a lot! Hope I helped

    -Ashlyn

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    Actually hearing from a student who could relate to my son is wonderful, thank you! I've read the name before but have not looked into them yet. Thank you so much for your recommendations, I'll do some reading this evening.

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    No problem! Message me anytime if you need help

    -Ashlyn

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    Welcoem! And hugs, it sounds like you are going through a lot!
    I know its tempting to try an online curriculum where all you have to do is plop your kid in front of a computer, but its really not a good choice for their learning. Especially with foundational skills, kids need the interaction of an intelligent being to track their attention and understanding. Watching a cartoon character explain a concept probably works fine if there is interest in the subject matter and the content is relevant to the student, but in my experience (short, and with t4l), all the kid really learns is how to game the system.

    My youngest son has severe apraxia, and we have tried about every reading program out there, searching for the perfect one. My advice is to find something close, and use that but dont be afraid to customize the snot out of it.

    If your kids are at varying levels and with varying attention spans, they NEED someone to gauge their their attention. Trading an overwhelmed public school teacher for an apathic computer screen with no flexibility doesnt really seem to be an improvement.
    The best parts of homeschooling include the joy when your kids surprise you with understanding a new concept, and following a rabbit-trail of thought in a new direction for an unexpected memmory made.
    If you really want to go the online route, good luck.
    If youd like help finding curriculum to help you through your first year of homeschooling (and beyond), please ask and you can get a lot of advice and opinions.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Hello, welcome. Second for what AM said.

    To get your started -
    I had a struggling reader, and have used both Logic of English and All About Reading. In all honestly, both programs are a bit tedious and scripted, but that is what DS needed and I found both highly effective. I would use them both again. I especially liked that All About Reading had readers to go along with the program.

    Keep asking questions.
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    With a student who is far behind, I think it's more important to start filling in the foundational gaps, rather than trying to find a comprehensive curriculum. I also agree about avoiding online instruction.

    With my son, I do a lot of side-by-side modeling when first learning concepts or skills. For instance, when I was teaching him how to write paragraphs with topic sentence and details, we would brainstorm and write the ideas down together. Then for the first one, I would write a paragraph and he would copy it, changing words if he was comfortable. Then when he got the idea, we would brainstorm together and then write our separate paragraphs and read them to each other, noticing how two writers can write two different paragraphs using the same information. Eventually, he started to deviate and expand on the writing.

    My son was also a struggling reader. I read aloud to him every day, usually something that was beyond his reading ability but not beyond his comprehension, so he could pick up new vocabulary and the way writing sounds. Then he read something to me. He was always allowed to choose what to read, and I let him browse difficult material in topics of interest and read bits and pieces if he was curious about something. Slowly, as he was ready, I would push him to read things that were a little more challenging. The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease has great book recommendations for all levels and is a good primer on how to teach reading and inspire a love for it. We also discussed what we read and it can be a great time to bond.
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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    Hello and welcome! I'm a little late to the party but just wanted to throw another endorsement in for All About Reading. My son (6, was thought early on to have apraxia but has now been diagnosed with phonological delay) has really thrived with AAR. We started with Explode the Code online, but like AlexsMom said, I felt like he just learned how to game the system rather than actually have anything "click" for him. AAR is expensive but in my opinion, worth the money.

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