By reader request, here are some favorite curricula for teens with special needs.
Favorite Curricula for Teens with Special Needs
There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school because there’s not ONE kind of homeschool high schooler! All teens have different academic strengths and academic weaknesses. Sometimes the weaknesses are pronounced enough to be considered special needs or learning disabilities.
So we asked our homeschool mom-friends at 7Sisters Homeschool Facebook Group to share about their favorite high school curricula for teens with those learning differences. (Note: We are not affiliates for any of these publishers, although we are especially fond of our own curriculum.)
What makes high school curriculum usable for special needs teens?
Sometimes, teens with learning disabilities or other special needs can use the regularly available curriculums and not have any issues.
However, many teens with learning disabilities or other special needs will struggle with traditional curricula. It is difficult to learn well, if all a homeschool high schooler’s energy is going into trying to plug through a too-complex curriculum
Fortunately there are curriculum choices for teens with various needs. Generally, curricula designed for teens with special needs or learning difficulties include:
- Larger font size
- More white space and/or more illustrations per page
- Simpler vocabulary
- Shorter chapter/lesson length
- Shorter quizzes or assessments
- Or instructions for adaptation of a regular curriculum. Check out this post that explains the concept of “Levels”.
Here are some favorite curricula for teens with special needs that are accessible and/or easily adaptable:
Favorite Curricula for Teens with Special Needs: Walch Power Basics
- Language Arts/English Language Learners
- Money Management
- Family/Consumer Science
The publisher reports that these are student-friendly texts with low reading levels. There are also teacher’s guides, student workbooks and test packs included.
Favorite Curricula for Teens with Special Needs: Remedia Publications
Remedia’s website says that they know that “one size doesn’t fit all”. They provide materials for students with special needs or learning differences. Their curriculum is soft cover and some ebook formats.
- English/Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Vocabulary
- Mathematics: Basic Maths, Algebra, Geometry, Money
- Sign Language
- Science: Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science
- Social Studies: Government, American History, Geography
Favorite Curricula for Teens with Special Needs: 7Sisters Homeschool
7Sisters provides adaptable ebook curriculum for homeschool high schoolers of various levels and interests. Because 7Sisters knows that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool, each text or study guide includes instructions on using that curriculum at:
- Remedial Level
- Average High School Level
- College Preparatory Level
- Advanced Level
- Honors Level
This downloadable curriculum is popular because it teaches with the philosophy of no-busywork, no needless information and the goal to “not kill the subject”. Although the topics may sound stuffy, they are written in a fun, friendly manner.
- English/Language Arts: Literature, Writing, Public Speaking
- Financial Literacy
- Science: Health
- Social Science: Psychology, Human Development, Philosophy
- Social Studies: History and Philosophy of the Western World
- Electives: Early Childhood Education, Career Exploration, Apologetics
- Fine Arts: Drama
You can try out 7Sisters’ curriculum with some freebies, such as Career Exploration in the Bible, Anne of Green Gables Literature Study Guide for the Whole Family, Research Papers for Reluctant Writers. Choose some and download them to see how you like them.
Favorite Curricula for Teens with Special Needs: Edcon
Edcon provides soft-cover workbooks and read-along CD’s of classic literature and Shakespeare for students who struggle with reading. Workbooks contain one-page long reading chapters with captioned illustrations, comprehension and inferential questions. There are 7 levels with 10 workbooks in each level, so they will last struggling readers a long time.
They also have some writing, grammar and vocabulary workbooks.
Favorite Curricula for Teens with Special Needs: Homeschool Math Crusade
These are self-paced online video lessons with exercises, quizzes and record keeping. The website states that “create a positive psychology about math” for students who struggle with math. Homeschool Math Crusade uses a tiered approach to teaching math. The student progresses to possibly complete five tiers during high school.
Favorite Curricula for Teens with Special Needs: Friendly Chemistry
This is a parent-led full chemistry course with lots of hands-on activities. Parents guide teens through this experiential-learning curriculum that earns students a high school chemistry credit.
Check out Friendly Chemistry here.
Favorite Curricula for Teens with Special Needs: Westfield Studios Science 101 Series
The 101 Science series covers the following high school sciences:
- Biology 101
- Chemistry 101
- Physics 101
These are high-interest, easy-to-use, video-lesson based science courses for average high school student. The included syllabus includes step-by-step instructions that will help the homeschool high schooler earn a full credit in each course at an average (Level 2).
The 101 series are biblically based and seek to glorify God and inspire a love of science. You can visit their website for more information.
Favorite Curricula for Teens with Special Needs: Pearson Education Pacemaker Series
- English/Language Arts
- Social Studies
Pearson Literature Classics
High-interest, soft-cover adaptations of classic novels and plays that are 80-136 pages each. Check out the classics here.
Practical English Capitalization and Punctuation Makes Sense
Lively trivia-based sentences for students who have had difficulties with other curriculums. Check it here.
Pacemaker Basic Mathematics
Short lessons, short quizzes that covers whole numbers, basic arithmetic operations, and mastery of simple geometry and algebra. Written at third/fourth grade level. Check Basic Math here.
Pacemaker World History
Short lessons, single topic for each lesson, short quizzes. Covers world history at a third/fourth grade reading level. Check Pacemaker World History here.
Short lessons, short quizzes covering basics of high school biology. Written at a third/fourth grade level. Check Pacemaker Biology here.
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Favorite Curricula for Teens with Special Needs