It’s hard to believe that the first of our “Round 2 Kids” will be a 9th grader next year.
A High Schooler. Yikes! And his brother is just a quick two years behind him.
It happens so fast. They were just toddling around my house last week, pulling all the cushions off the couch and playing “Timber!”, falling off the couch on to the cushions with hysterical laughter. These boys will soon be moving into their own lives. What I’m struggling with is how to get them there.
How, when I know that he has an amazing factual auditory memory, will I quantify high school credits when he is unable to produce the paper trail that proves it?
This is the question of the week.
And his brother, without the elephant-like memory but with plenty of school smarts (and a hefty case of dysgraphia), in a similar situation… HOW? How do we do this? The only answer I’ve come up with is digital curriculum.
I have a category over in my sidebar, “Tech School”. That’s what I’m talking about. My search for technology-based applications to solve our education issues isn’t new. I’ve long known that this medium is what works the best for both of my boys. Where would we be without years of great spelling help from Spelling City, or the math curriculum that JUST WORKS, ALEKS Math, and the amazing, wonderful WonderMaps software?
Technology and these boys go together “like peas and carrots”, as Forest Gump would say.
What has just recently occurred to me though is that a tech-based program is really the only way they will be able to show what they know, short of being in school full time and probably having an IEP to go along with it. That’s not really an option.
I have been searching high and low for resources and I’ve found quite a few! Some I’d never heard of before. Others, I’ve used in the past. A few I did know of, but hadn’t had the time/money/desire/need to try them out. I’m still on the hunt for them.
One huge disappointment is that good, Christian options are limited. As in, nonexistent. The only Christian program I’ve found is Alpha Omega’s Switched on Schoolhouse, or Monarch, which is SOS but online rather than on CD/stored on your computer. They serve their purposes for some families but they are not interactive enough for these guys.
Interactivity is the key here. Textbooks on a screen with questions to answer are not what I would call interactive.
I’m compiling sites to look at and test out. We may very well make this move now, while we’re at the mid-point of our year. The only thing I know for sure is that since we’re back using Teaching Textbooks, it’s not broken so we’re not fixing it. It works for them. Everything else is open!
I asked about this yesterday on Google+ too. (Are you on Google+? You should circle me! I spend more time there than Facebook.)