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Need help choosing curriculum?

posted Feb 23, 2017, 8:08 AM by LD Teacher
While following Facebook posts on several different groups, I read many requests from parents asking other members of the group to recommend a text or a curriculum. The requests are made because moms need advice, and the mothers who respond do so in good faith -- BUT....there is a problem with that approach! You're taking recommendations from moms who have NO idea what your child's particular strengths and weaknesses are!  Every one means well and wants to help....but think about it If I asked you to recommend a medicine for me, you'd immediately say that you don't know what I need medicine for, right?  Same thing applies to choosing texts for a child.
It's important to size up what your child can do well - then look at the specific weaknesses. After that, it's time to look at something like Cathy Duffy's amazing website where she describes characteristics of probably all the possible homeschool texts and curricula so you can have a better idea of which one might meet your child's needs. Another option would be to get my book and study the chapter on choosing curriculum. You might even look for it on Amazon and browse the chapter on the "look inside" feature on the website - don't know if you can select that one or not, but you could try. The book is Teaching a Child with Special Needs at Home and at School. I wrote the chapter to guide parents through the process of making curriculum choices based on the child's needs. Hope this helps.