Tim's First Grade - Working with ADHD

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I began helping with Tim's homeschooling when he was 6. His mom, my cousin, went to work part-time, and needed some help for her son.  So I began watching him, and helping out with his 
homeschooling...... and he has added so much to our homeschooling days! 

When Tim came to me, he was struggling with reading, writing and concentration.  He is a wonderful, fun loving boy, who is very active and easily distractible, and who figets a lot when given instructions. He is also very eager to learn.

So my cousin and I got together, and we came up with a plan for his homeschool.  We poured over our catalogs and  now his homeschool program looks something like this: 

 TIM'S LEARNING PLAN                   


We focused on Audio books from the library, and books from the "I Can Read "series, which Tim chose himself.  

At reading time, I set him up in a special reading corner, with a shelf that blocked out distractions.  We keep the independent reading time short, and usually repeat it two or three times a day.

For read alouds, we decided to used the Pathway Primers, grade 1, and library books, chosen by Tim.  


We chose Explode the Code (ETC), starting with the Primers. We usually do these together at the table. For more information, please go to "Explode the Code Primers Review". Tim quickly learned the routine of the ETC lessons, as each lesson followed the same pattern.  Doing it semi-independently,  really helps to develop his self esteem.


Tim is struggling with handwriting. He does better with a thick pencil.  We chose a Handwriting without Tears book, but put it aside this fall, to focus on his small muscle coordination instead.  Please see my review of Handwriting Helps for more information.

We included making letters in finger paint, cutting, play dough play, etc. also. This fall he has begun to use more "mature" grasp of his pencil, called the "pincer grasp".(see Handwriting Helps above)  He isn't ready to use a regular sized pencil yet.  But there is no hurry!  We will keep him on the thick one as long as needed.  What does it really matter, as long as he is progressing!


We decided to use Math U See this year, but first our emphasis is on using manipulatives, math play, and making patterns.  Learning to make 2 or 3 part patterns introduces Tim to the patterns of math. We do lot of his math work and play on the floor.

For more information on manipulative math play, please go to my review of Numbers and Patterns on The Curriculum Choice.

How we set it up:

Tim does better with short learning periods, such as 15 or 20 minutes at a time, with minimal distractions. I give him a break in between each session, where he plays, watches an educational show on tv, etc....  But when he is on a roll, then, of course, we continue.  

Tim also liked to earn stickers, which he and his mom chose each week or two from the book store.  Earning stickers gives Tim a concrete reward for doing his work.  We always go over his sticker chart at the end of the week, to give him extra attention.   And he likes to show it to his mom and dad at dinner!

Help with Direction Following:  

When ever there are directions to be given, Tim plays with a small toy that I give him.  This helped to lessen his anxiety and his concentration tends to improve.

For more information on homeschooling kids with special needs, check out this great group post, that I hosted at The Curriculum Choice - Special Needs Homeschooling, and I would love to hear about your curriculum choices, too.

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Happy Homeschooling!


Betsy blogs at BJ's Homeschool, where she writes about high school, collegeand all the fun of homeschooling the early years, too.  As a veteran homeschooler, Betsy offers homeschool help to families 

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  1. Very pleased to know about homeschooling working with adhd. Just a quick note to tell you that I have a passion for the topic at hand. Thanks for schooling issue.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Mini Rothschild. Do you have a blog yourself? I would love to follow it, if you have one related to adhd. I will be hosting a group post on Curriculum Choice this October, on Special Needs Homeschooling. Check it out if you are interested in more info on adhd and other special needs.


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