As a Montessori teacher I would like to follow the Montessori Guide. My training though is with 3-6 year olds. My son is 12 with Special Needs Severe Dyslexia, Attention and Memory issues, and needs a lot of one on one, repetition and guidance toward independence. His early years were Montessori, and most of his solid learning came from that time, and everything since (in special education traditional schools) has been negligible at best. I am looking at the Keys to the Universe Curriculum and thinking of supplementing it with explicit lessons that meet his needs. For example Right Start Math works for him as the counting bits does not, however since she was a Montessori teacher there is lots of related material and lesson giving is similiar, but more explicit and meets him where he is right now. The language program is great and systematic but he will need more so I am looking at supplementing with Seeing stars, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and reading Naturally for Fluency. I would like to follow the curriculum for science, culture, geography, history, practical life, and general philosophy but a little daunted as to how to really put it together. We are currently using the Keys to the Universe great lessons to guide us and using supplementary visuals, films, and experiments to go along with the material at the highest level of his ability. My goal is to meet him where he is and give him a big picture view to attach all the pieces too for greater understanding from which he can develop better critical thinking skills, learn to develop questions, activate his sense of wonder, and provide a visual and big picture framework to aid his memory. If anyone has suggestions about curriculum, or is working with an older special needs child in this way I would love any encouragement, or words of wisdom.
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8/13/12 at 4:37pm