Homeschool Curriculum Questions: Writing

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Homeschool Curriculum Questions: Writing
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Sat, 07-03-2010 - 12:03am

We homeschool our girls and I am trying to plan for our AS 10th grade daughter for next year. She will be doing Alg 2, Biology, Geography, Typing....but we need to work on writing/composition. What I have used in the past just isn't going to work for her. Any suggestions?


Also, what about drivers ed? I just don't think she is going to be able to do it...handle everything going on around her and drive at the same time! She really wants to try. Ugh.

Katy

Katy   Blessed mom of 6 girls, youngest Sarah born May '07 with hypotonia, vertical nystagmus, developmental delays

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Sat, 07-03-2010 - 10:39am

Hello,

First, about the writing, what have you used in the past? My thought for an aspie that age is a couple things. First use her interest areas for writing assignments. Does she have a special interest or topics she can go on for hours about? You can make assignments even reports around those topics. (For instance my son had to write a persuasive essay about why we should let him play M rated games. Still doesn't play them but BOY it was a good essay!)

Next she likely needs to use a good graphic organizer to teach her how to write. Students with AS often don't have adequate organizational skills and that drastically affects their ability to write. Their thoughts on paper are disorganized, haphazard and tend to tangent. A graphic organizer is a visual way to organize what she wants to write and then she can use that as the foundation for her writing.

There are some good ones that are printable online but the ones I know are typically for more grade school kids but if she hasn't had that before you could start with some for upper grades. There is a fantastic computer program as well that helps kids organize their writing and then put it in outline form called Inspiration. I think you can download a free trial of it to test it out. There may be other similar programs available for cheaper as well.

There is also this thing I once learned about called "Mind-mapping" which is used by businesses adn one therapist started using it for ASD kids. Basically it is a way of drawing or visually presenting what is on your mind. If she likes to draw at all this would be a good way for her to prewrite something and then use that to write an essay from.

What level is she at? Can she write a 5 paragraph essay? Can she write all the different types of essays (persuassive, narrative, etc?)

As for Driver's ed I feel your pain. My oldest AS dd is going into 11th and is 16. She also wants to take drivers ed and I fear she isn't ready to drive. My thought however is that drivers ed is ok because it is a skill she will need to learn. Once she gets her permit then I can start working with her on driving. It is likely I won't let her get her licence for a couple years until 18 or so but I think being able to practice with her longer by starting now is likely a wise decision.

Renee

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Sun, 07-04-2010 - 6:21pm

I think Writeshop is very clear and methodical. I suggest that for 10th grade. Start with Writeshop 1 this year and then do level 2 next year.

I like Writeshop, but have used BJU for so long that we are just staying with it. I am unsure if it would be too much to just dive in to at the 10th grade level though. The other program that is less expensive but still covers all types of writing is Jensen's Format Writing. I have that on my shelf in fact and we took a break from BJU for a while and used Jensen's. All these are good. There are a few programs I do not like, but sooo many I do like.

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Sun, 07-04-2010 - 6:22pm
I did outsource drivers ed with my oldest son. I do not think my nerves could handle drivers ed with him. Too nervewracking. But with my daughter, I might just go ahead and purchase a computer program. The laws for drivers ed vary from state to state and I am in Texas.