Originally Posted by Momma Aimee
but i look at some of the lists and think WOW i just do not see Theodore being ready for this stuff or able to do some of this stuff -- at least at the younger ages listed -- for example the Formidable List of Attainments for a Child of Six --
for example at 4 Theo can barely speak and be understood -- so he can't really recit anything yet. he does KNWO several nusery rhymes .. but even i can't "decode' most of the words.
I know he is young still, but i feel there is so much trapped in his head he can't share -- but that he knows.
Just read back through the thread and saw that this had never been addressed.
My DS, 6, is not special needs. However, he was a late talker, and I feel like he's a bit slow at reading as well, especially compared to his family history. This is one reason I chose CM - development of comprehension, reading skill, and verbal/written expression are interconnected, but not reliant on eachother. A child who cannot read confidently, or who isn't great at expressing themselves, is still going to be developing their comprehension skills with high quality books. You don't spend years getting them up to the level where they can read higher level language on their own before exposing them to it - they get it continuously from the start, and gradually transition to reading it on their own.
Likewise, I think narration and copywork are excellent tools for developing expression in children who struggle with getting their words out, writing, or both. They can work on whatever level they need, and they don't have to concentrate on simultaneously figuring out what to say and going through the mechanical act of writing.
Remember, you can always adapt the curriculum to fit your needs. If your child has a lot of trouble with narration, you can set your goals lower in that aspect, while still reading books that challenge and improve his comprehension. And the formidable list of attainments is just that - a *formidable* list, not a minimum list. You're not failing CM if your child can't do everything on the list by 6. And keep in mind that he will probably be able to do other things requiring an equivalent skill level that aren't mentioned in the list.
Also, you're right that he is still very young. There's a huge amount of development that occurs within very short periods of time at this age. Remember that, if he has the comprehension, he'll be able to do the expression when his skill level improves in that area, which it almost certainly will in some way or another eventually. In the long run, the timing is much less important than the end result.
Have you seen this page? http://www.amblesideonline.org/SpecialNeeds.shtml