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You might be like many homeschool moms out there who have developed homeschool burnout. A case noted by a sink full of dishes, arts and crafts, textbooks, paper sprawled everywhere, and a haggard looking mom bent over the kitchen table full of research books, lesson plan books, and teacher editions trying to create that perfect lesson to spark the glow in her children’s eyes over bugs or pronouns. As the school year dwindles down to a close, you might be finding yourself in the description above. If so, Ideal Curriculum thinks they can help make your life easier if you have pre-schoolers and early learning students.

Ideal Curriculum is a curriculum program designed to fully cover the academic concepts of literacy, oral language, math, calendar, science, and social studies. The curriculum uses art, music, play, and movement to make learning fun. With literacy in mind, the activities cover letters and sound, phonological awareness, sight words, and concepts about print. Each unit includes a read-aloud text for each major concept, full-color flash cards, letter cards, sight word cards, and music files. Lesson plans are provided for each subject Literacy, Math, Science or Social Studies based on the monthly theme. In fact from start to finish, everything you need is provided along with every detail you need to implement it.

The monthly kits are available as print or downloadable .pdf files. Either of which can be made more accessible for either disabled students or parents with a few modifications. Low Vision can copy or print out the pages in larger print or blown up. The files are left open and accessible for copying to a braille translation program or read by Adobe’s text to speech reader. Letter cards can be made tactile with glue or tactile paint. Pictures can be recreated with objects if detailed, or if line art, they can be made tactile with glue or tactile paint. Tactile images such as letter cards or word cards are useful for the blind, deafblind, low vision, and learning disabled. Most of the activities are accessible or easy to modify as needed.

The monthly kits are $95.00 for print, and $30.00 for downloadable files. In the coming months, packages will be available that will combine parts of the curriculum and provide a savings for buying them together. The website also has a blog with interesting information about literacy and useful tips for teaching. Check out http://www.idealcurriculum.com for more information. With Ideal Curriculum, you can develop your children into strong readers and writers while teaching them to love to learn.

I was provided a downloadable copy of monthly kit 1 in order to write this review, but I was not compensated in any other way. The opinion expressed here is entirely my own.

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As Homeschoolers braving the forests of educating our children ourselves, there are often dark, scary areas where our children need help such as learning disabilities, deafblindness, attention problems, and speech problems to name a few. All too often we can’t afford the help provided by private groups and public schools may have less than stellar departments or reluctant to help despite special education guidelines mandating them to offer such services. A few specialists in certain fields now are offering their expertise to homeschoolers seeing an untouched market waiting to be tapped. One specialist in the field of speech and language pathology, Deborah Lott has developed a tool to help parents assess their children’s speech and language development, as well as, help for minor issues that can be done by the parent at home. The result is Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made Simple.

To begin with, Ms Lott stated accurately who this book is for: children with just a few minor articulation issues. The book was not intended for children with major language delays or language problems such as stuttering or for children with a physical problem such as hearing impairment, cleft palate, or cerebral palsy. For those children, Ms. Lott highly recommends diagnosis and remediation be done by a trained speech-language pathologist. The program is begun with an articulation assessment that is easy to administer and evaluate. The tools are simple and easy to see without having distracting elements. During analysis of the initial test, complete instructions are given that are easy to follow in order for you to identify the specific sounds your child has difficulty. Therapy plans are also well described and easy to develop including day to day lesson plans that are individual for each child. There are no specific lesson plans for you to follow. You have to develop them for your individual child because every child’s needs are different; however, Ms. Lott’s detailed steps of instruction make the process easy to follow. She provides specific sound instructions including the correct way to make the sound with proper placement of the tongue, movement of the lips, etc. Steps are given to help you teach the child to perform the necessary movements to produce the sound correctly. There is a word list for each sound to allow for thorough and appropriate practice. Games and activities have also been provided to make the learning fun.

Super Star Speech seems to be a good tool for helping children with minor articulation issues. The printed book costs $22.95 for 3-ring binder, $18.95 for a spiral bound, and $12.95 for an E-book version. For a limited time, my readers can get readers a 20% discount on this or any of the other books from www.superstarspeech.com. The discount code, which will be good until June 30, is “TOS.” The peace of mind for many parents will make the cost of the program more than worth it.

I received a free copy of the spiral bound book, Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made Easy, to evaluate and write this review. I received no other compensation, and the opinion expressed here is entirely my own.

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