Curriculum 2015-3016 This & That
I am so happy to report that my high functioning autism son, now 12 years old, has exceeded my expectations for 6th grade. Last year, I wouldn't have thought he could have really done Mother of Divine Grace 6th grade as written. This year, he is. I have worked so hard with him over that last several years, and so closely. He is really very intelligent. We add in some therapeutic measures (which Modg is filled with anyway), fine motor skill work, oral and written exercises; retellings, narrations, etc.) I am so thrilled he has closed the gap in reading comprehension now.....when tested with the McCall-Crabb's reading scale, his comprehension is at 6th year 6 mos now. That is quite good -- in 1st grade his reading comprehension when tested through neurology was around 3rd grade but his level of decoding/reading was 6th grade. So the comprehension has caught up with the level of reading basically, although his reading level has increased closer to 8th grade; still much less gap. And with this comes remarkable differences; when he reads a novel now, say The Golden Goblet, he not only understands it, but he can retell it in quite a lot of detail. For years, even the simplest readings, he could not retell or summarize well at all. This is so hopeful. I want him to understand the beautiful elevated literature Modg utilizes throughout their program. He also tested into the Y section of the Writing Road to Reading this year -- how perfect. He just has sections Y and Z left, which he will finish up in no time. WRTR ends in 6th grade. He is right on track.
So, this year, we are doing 6th grade Modg Syllabus plan pretty much as laid out at this link:
Our only differences would be that we are continuing with Modg's Beginning Latin program, so we are doing Beginning Latin 2; and Concepts and Challenges in Science Book 2. (don't let the covers fool you, these are beautiful and great books inside).
11th Grade -- now my 11th grade student:
11th grade is a bit designer friendly. This year my 11th grade student is doing:
I would like to mention how much we love the All Creatures Great and Small Life Science book used within the Biology course.
My son is loving the Italian courses. His Italian lab conversation teacher is from the U.K. and is so fun -- he is learning so much. For Christmas, we have some Italian storybooks coming :)
All in all, it's stacking up to be a great year.