I teach Matthew through play at home. He's been learning shapes, colors, letters, numbers, working on gross motor skills and fine motor skills. But I have no set plans to formally homeschool Matthew. He will be starting public preschool in a few weeks as soon as he recovers from the tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. That's not to say that I won't homeschool if I have to.
I think the e-book Homeschooling Children with Down Syndrome by Amy Dunaway is a wonderful resource, whether homeschooling or not.
In the e-book, Amy Dunaway shares her experience of homeschooling her daughter with Down syndrome, who is now 16 years old, and the knowledge and information she has accumulated. Parts of the book are written in question-answer format, addressing frequently asked questions by would-be homeschoolers. There are also a ton of links to more resources online.
Even as a non-homeschooler, I have found this book very helpful and interesting. I am particularly drawn to Chapter 12, Visual and Verbal Memory and Down Syndrome. She writes about growing memory skills in young learners with Down syndrome and offers several activities to strengthen visual and auditory processing skills. I also like to refer to Chapter 7 (Learning the Basics - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic) and Chapter 8 (Reading and Down Syndrome - The Early Years) because that is where we are at on the education roadmap. There is also a chapter that addresses challenging behaviors.
Overall, this is a very helpful guide to have. I've saved it in my favorites folder and refer to it as often as I need to.
Have you read it? What do you think?