We have been homeschooling on and off for about five years now and although I love to search the Internet for a new special needs friendly curriculum, I have definitely settled on a few favorites.
These are my go-to curriculums when I am planning our year or refining our term; I am pretty sure when it comes to certain subjects we are just moving on to the next book in the series, not looking for a whole new approach.
All of these curriculums are “special needs friendly” although I hesitate to even use that terminology because I don’t believe in a “special needs curriculum” per se.
Adapting curriculum to our awesome kids is more about presentation, not content.
What makes a curriculum “special needs friendly” exactly?
You are looking for these key phrases…
- mastery approach
- living book
- language-rich/story-based (the focus here is usually based on listening and telling back verbally and not so heavy on writing).
Most of these curriculums are also “Charlotte Mason friendly” because as I’ve expressed before, I believe a Charlotte Mason style education is the absolute best fit for a child with autism.
I have already posted our schedule for the year but here are our favorites listed by subject.
History/Geography/Bible/Science (we teach this all-in-one):
Story of the World
Classical Acts & Facts(R) History Cards
The Action Bible
Dr. Jay Wile’s Elementary Science Series
Many living books 🙂
French with Cherrydale Press
Appreciation: Music Study using this book
***note…I know there is no image for the book and you can’t get a feel for it but it is an INCREDIBLE living book – a very well written compilation of biographies.
Instrument: Hoffman Academy
Really good books including Shakespeare
All About Reading
All About Spelling
IEW Fix It Grammar