I am a home school mother to a special needs student.

At the age of four, my daughter was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and moderate ADHD.

After completing two years of Kindergarten, she learned little over 50 words as compared to the 250-word learning requirements for her grade.  She also was struggling with mathematics.  However, she seemed to excel in art and science.

At the beginning of First Grade, I took her out of school.  I felt that I could provide the type of one-on-one work that she needs in order to adequately continue to learn.  It was my experience with public school that children who were unable to keep up seemed to be getting passed along and left behind.  So, I began to design my own Curriculum that was sensitive to her learning style, which obviously moved at a slower pace than other children her age.

During the First Grade, we continued to work on those words for which she did not learn in Kindergarten.  We also got caught up with some of the earlier mathematics concepts such as adding, subtracting, basic time-telling, and the basics of graphing,  counting money, measurements, and shapes.  (I plan to put up a page of what we learned during first grade at a later time).

We currently are technically in the second grade, although we still are working toward completing First Grade requirements where math and reading are concerned (since she was almost a whole grade level behind in this subjects going into the First Grade).

Personally, I found it much easier to take the planning and implementing of material into my own hands.  Not only do I get the advantage of learning how my child learns (she is a visual and kinesthetic learner), but I can design our lessons with a sensitivity to way she learns best.  In my opinion, this is a much better approach than public school, which is mandated to teach all kids one certain way as well as test their abilities one certain way.  It makes me sad that a lot of really bright kids seem to be getting left in the shadows for lack of assets, materials and the huge student-teacher ratio which seldom allows for any type of one-on-one work in public school.

I wanted to create this blog as a place where I document our progress and keep track of what we have covered and plan to cover each year.

Of course, this blog will begin with where I am right now this year (First/Second Grade) as a remedial learner who is working at a slower pace than the average Second Grade child.  I actually have had to spend so much of our First Grade year catching up with Kindergarten she never learned during her two years in public school that I am considering this her official second year of First Grade.  Hopefully next year we can start fresh on a Second Grade level as she will be completely caught up and we actually are covering a bit of Second Grade this year as well.

Also, if you are a homeschooling mother who is looking for support or a reference of how I, as a home school mother of a child with PDD, am teaching my child.  You are welcome to inquire about materials and lessons


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