Special Needs - Questions about MFW author's training

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Julie - Staff
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Special Needs - Questions about MFW author's training

Unread post by Julie - Staff »

Special needs topics can be found on many of the MFW boards, including these posts and entire threads that may be especially helpful:

http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 246#p34246

http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 665#p25665

Offering Help to Special Needs Children

Success with MFW & Dyslexia, ADHD, More

General handwriting ideas viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1009
Learning success viewtopic.php?f=8&t=691&p=3053#p3053
Link to Dyslexia spelling rules viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1132&p=21643#p21643


Author response: http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=446
ESL/Bilingual viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4019
Visually impaired possibilities viewtopic.php?p=64161#p64161
*Placing a child at her developmental rather than physical level: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7820&p=101350#p101350

Autism and Kindergarten
math: http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 743#p47743
creation unit: http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 194#p39194
unit #1 sun: http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 982#p33982
(and similar posts are shared throughout the Kindergarten Unit Ideas board)

1st grade

1st Grade Language Arts with older children

2nd grade Phonics review


http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 659#p52659 (transition from Adventures)

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=13841 (including scheduling treatments in your day)

1850 to Modern Times
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=9120 (science)

6th-8th grade Archive

High School

Language Arts
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 474#p40474 (book)


Other Subjects Archive
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=4054 (Ideas & experiences using MFW)
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?t=3134 (Teaching & resources for specific needs)
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=4001 (speech)
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2004#p50306 (testing)
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 604#p41604 (possible ADD & diet)
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MFW author's training

Unread post by Fly2Peace »

booboo wrote:Hi,
I heard somewhere that this curriculum was developed by a special needs teacher? Is that true?
Marie Hazell, the author is a speech and language specialist. She taught in a special language kindergarten.

There are several on this board dealing with the special needs areas, so I am sure you will get responses that deal with that perspective as well.
Fly2Peace (versus flying to pieces)

Re: MFW author's training

Unread post by cbollin »

Hi -- I'm one of the many parents working with our special kids. I have 3 dd, 2 of whom have their challenges.

Just echoing a bit what Fly2Peace said...

Among Marie Hazell's many experiences she is by training a speech/language pathologist, a K-1st classroom teacher (including the special needs K), and a homeschooling mom of 6. She brings all of that background in the development of My Father's World.

Keep asking the questions you have. Nice to meet another family dealing the spectrum.
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A regular curriculum like MFW for special needs?

Unread post by mgardenh »

mikesherry wrote:I am asking this for my mom who has adopted 2 special needs children. Last night she had a very upsetting IEP (her son is currently in public school). Basically, I think she is going to need to homeschool him. She was concerned about how to homeschool special needs children and if a regular curriculum like MFW would work for her. Her son would be entering 6th grade in the fall but is currently at a third grade level.
Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 2:52 pm

I have a dd with Aspergers (Autism). I know other people on the board have children with different levels of learning disabilities and other issues. I think you will get great advice.

The thing about MFW is that it is so flexible. My dd has difficulty writing and so I adjust for her level and ability. She is also AD. So one thing that has helped me is depending on the subject I set a timer. Like for math she is really good at it but struggles to write. I give her ten minutes to finish 1 page. So I tell her you have ten minutes to finish and then 10 min to play but if you finish in 7 min you will have 13 to play. So we do 10 or 15 min on and then 10 or 15 min break. Usually we can finish a subject in the 10-15 min time.

As she teaches she will discover things that work for her DC. But setting short times to focus on something has really helped dd. Another thing that helps is to have a set routine or schedule. Try to do the same things at the same time in the same order. This helps relieve anxiety and stress.

Unread post by cbollin »

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 5:55 pm

When choosing full curriculum to homeschool special needs children, I usually tell the parents at the local therapy clinics to look for a curriculum that they are interested in using based on things other than special needs. Then adapt your teaching style to meet your child’s needs. Don’t choose a style of curriculum that will work against your child’s needs. In other words, things like workbook and textbook only based programs will most likely work against your child and against you. It isn’t that textbook and workbooks are bad – it’s just our kids need other things. Simple and easy Hands on projects should be added because it will help your child to retain and learn. Quality literature to hear. Curriculum that has short lessons plans that don’t overwhelm the day!!!

It is great when there is a program out there that you want to use (because you’d use that program if you had regular kids) and that it already has multi-sensory learning and is easy to use for multiple levels and involves minimal prep and isn’t overly time consuming because you still have to deal with life, and even private speech therapies.

Sounds a lot like MFW, as long as MFW is what you’d want to use in the first place if your children didn’t have those labels. And it is for those reasons that MFW continues to work in our family.

MFW has a lot of really good things going for it. MFW uses more than just one method for learning so it already is written to help many types of learners. Many things in MFW are multisensory. MFW combines subjects in a way that helps with retention. It is easy to use for homeschooling moms!!! It is easy to use and it covers many subjects without overwhelming you or your student’s day. MFW has easy to adapt recommendations for getting it all done.

Even homeschoolers who are teaching children with no identified labels will adapt any curriculum. It’s the same thing for those of us with labeled kids. We set high standards and adapt and adjust. I have found that I am not tweaking a whole lot within the MFW curriculum framework. I adjust my teaching style --- but not the program materials. That’s the biggest difference and the biggest blessing. The Lord has enabled us to adapt our teaching style to fit our autistic child’s needs in the midst of using MFW. MFW has everything we want in a homeschool curriculum, and HE provides the adaptation.

MFW offers the hands on learning in an easy fashion.
MFW offers the strong Christ centered education.
MFW offers lots of reading --- your mom is already doing this and it will be a natural part of the day.

It’s a lot of work to raise kids with challenges. But she knows that already with just the day to day work that she does with life skills for her children.

Several wonderful resources out there:
HeadsUpNow dot com is a great place to find various books out there to read up on teaching techniques as well as finding various gadgets and helps with the ADHD side of it

HSLDA has a special needs department. I recommend that since she is withdrawing from the public system, that she look into HSLDA. let me link you to a helpful starting point. http://www.hslda.org/strugglinglearner/

Placement in MFW is the biggest issue. I would call the MFW office and talk a while with them.

She will want to be ready to discuss where each child is in terms of where they are learning to read. I’m thinking they will be able to be in the same base program together. If the one child is on a 1st grade level, he might need to be in 1st grade for language arts and math. There are a lot of factors to consider in the picture and it might be hard to discuss all of that online.

One nice thing about using a multi-level program for the majority of your subjects --- they are content-based and you can work within their skill level without the stigma of "grade levels". :)

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Unread post by HSmommi2mine »

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 8:00 pm

It works great for us because it is a multi level program and I can easily alter things to fit their needs.

Even though the advanced assignments may be recommended for his grade she can choose to skip them because he isn't really at that level. It is easy to accommodate students at various levels or a student at various levels in different subjects.
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