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It’s that time of year. Like it or not, I am planning our upcoming homeschool year. In theory this would be the Easiest Year Ever. Enoch will be headed off to Running Start so it is just Kalina I need to plan for. Planning for Kalina’s homeschool year however means learning to use technology to homeschool with hearing loss.
This year I am determined to be on top of things. Figuring out a system to plan and organize my homeschool year has been life-changing. I still use this system but I have work harder to find methods that work with Kalina’s hearing loss. And it has not been easy.
A few things I have learned about teaching a student with hearing loss:
Kalina learns best with both visual and auditory input.
A math class with a math teacher is essential (not a computer program or me).
Our plan for homeschooling with hearing loss this year is:
Plan out my entire year and print up assignments (I am nearly done with this!)
Use movies and documentaries to cover history and social studies.
Have Kalina take a math class outside the home.
A custom made Language Arts class taught by me.
Now here is the detailed plan to homeschool with hearing loss:
I am using two main resources with Kalina this year.
In order to streamline things, I broke the Curious Case down by chapter; one chapter every two weeks and the appendix. I wrote out the full 16 weeks worth of lesson plans (you can download them here if you like). Once Kalina has finished those 16 weeks, I will have her work through Hands-On Essays.
What I love about Hands-On Essays is she can watch the videos and then read the lesson in the book enabling her to get both auditory and visual lessons.
That will give us 32 weeks of Language Arts. The other 8 weeks will be a poetry unit.
Supercharged Science is an amazing hands-on science program that I discovered years ago (2006 maybe?) It is taught by a homeschool mom and former scientist for NASA. Each and every unit is made up of videos and actual science experiments. I guarantee you there is no time for your child to get bored with this program.
We will be starting with Marine Biology (one lesson per week) and moving though as many units as we can. Supercharged Science has years worth of lessons, so there is no need to worry that she might run out.
My detailed plan is to have each week’s assignments laid out. Because of my other children with special needs I am often away at appointments. I need Kalina to be able to do her assignments without asking me about every step. Technology is helping with that.
Why the Hewlett Packard 360?
The 360 degree hinges and touch screen mean she can use it as a tablet or a computer. This will be perfect for watching her science and language arts videos. HP’s all new computers come with HP audio boost to deliver rich sound. Switching between the modes is as easy and seamless as using a tablet.
We now have just under a month before school begins. As always I feel mixed: excited to start the new year and sad to say good-bye to summer.
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