Ds, with LDs and assorted special needs, was in public school for a couple years, where all manner of specialists and therapists tried to fit him into the mold. His IQ tests at 72, and he reads on a mid-first grade level. He cannot do even the simplest math worksheet, because his mind at this point hasn't made the connection between the printed numeral and the concept of the value. He can't add or subtract abstractly - answer the equation without a concrete reference point. I have never done anything even vaguely resembling a math lesson with him. But one day, about a year ago, he asked me, "Mom, will you pay me $20 to clean the whole house?" Sure, kid, go for it. A few minutes later, apparently overwhelmed by the size of the project, he asked, "How about $10 to clean half the house?" OK, fine by me. A few seconds passed, I imagine he remembered the price of a toy or something he wanted, and he asked, "Can I do 75% for $15?" This kid, who can't tell you what 5 plus 7 is if you ask, clearly has a deep and functional understanding of fractions, percentages, and money. I tell this story as an illustration of a kid with overwhelming learning disabilities in the school structure, but with a great, albeit untestable, understanding of his world. I don't know if he will ever read. I have yet to see a reading program that I have high hopes for. More time in the same unsuccessful programs would not push into this brain skills that don't fit. Unschooling gives his unique style a chance to shine.
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7/29/06 at 12:05am