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Confession time: I still haven’t found the perfect ADHD curriculum to use with my ADHD daughter, Monkey. However, we have ironed out some of the kinks throughout the years, using a system that is effective at wading through homeschool curriculum that is suitable for children with ADHD. Using this system, I’ve created our eclectic, borderline unschooling curriculum for the year, because I know this is how she learns best.
Your ADHD children will probably have slightly different needs, depending on your educational goals, but this can give you a rough idea of the kinds of curriculum that will work for ADHD kids.
In general, I’ve found no complete packaged curriculum that meets our needs for an ADHD curriculum. Because of this, I always put my own curriculum together every year. What we use changes as Monkey’s needs change.
A Fifth Grade ADHD Curriculum for Boys and Girls with ADHD
I am a homeschooling parent to girls with ADHD, but I am also familiar with homeschooling boys with ADHD, as all of my brothers have it. I am fairly confident that the same kind of curriculum will work for girls with ADHD and boys with ADHD.
This is what I’ve come up with as Monkey’s 5th grade, homeschool ADHD curriculum:
After trying multiple math programs, I’ve landed on trying Teaching Textbooks for this year’s math.
Math is where Monkey struggles the most, mainly because she has issues with completing an entire math problem before getting distracted and listening to me describing how to do the problem. I’m hopeful that Teaching Textbooks will provide the missing piece that will help math “click” for her.
I’ve also found a supplement called Mathematical Reasoning, which is designed to help children think mathematically. I’m hoping this will be of value to both of us, actually. As a further supplement, we were asked to review the first unit in the Kendall Hunt Math Innovations program, which focuses on algebraic thinking, measuring, and money. I’m really excited to complete the entire book, which is quite thorough.
This year, we are working with Write Shop and plan to use their Junior level. We haven’t used it much yet (our official school start date is always after Labor Day), but I’m really excited about the program. It has enough hands-on activities that combine with the writing skills she really needs to start learning this year, so I can’t wait to dive right in. She’s pretty excited about the games we get to play, too.
I may be one of the few homeschoolers who feels this way, but I largely feel that teaching history is a waste of time. I spent a lot of time learning history as a homeschooled kid (probably most of my day was spent on history and Bible), but in college, we started over from the beginning. My previous knowledge did not help.
So, our history lessons are light. I purchased a book for her this year containing 1,000 history facts. She will love reading it. Facts are her thing.
I have yet to find a science program that I believe is good enough to create a strong science foundation and interest in higher science. Homeschool curriculum is notoriously lacking in the science department, but I also am not happy with what I’ve seen in regular school textbooks.*****************
We will continue our STEM activities, but we’re also going to try Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, which is a program that builds scientific knowledge from the ground up, much like a math program. It sounds more like what I’m looking for, but only time will tell.
Coding and other STEM Studies
We will continue to make our own engineering challenges, and Monkey will continue to play around with coding both by programming Python in Code Combat and playing around with Scratch programming. She loved how easy it was to build real programs with Scratch, but I would also like her to continue Code Combat because it requires you to actually write the programming notes. Both can be of value.
We’ve had critical thinking lessons since about 2nd grade, but now that Monkey is in 5th grade, I’m excited to explore higher thinking with her. We’re going to do a course in logic and debate instead of abstract thinking this year. I found The Basics of Critical Thinking and Orbiting with Logic, which I hope will help her learn how to present arguments more clearly (which is usually a weak point with ADHDers. We tend to say the first things that come into our heads without thought).
I wanted Monkey to learn more about how to tell what a new word might mean by just looking at it. To this end, we will go through Word Power Made Easy, which if you can believe it, was first published in 1949.
I also plan to supply Monkey with a variety of fidgeters and focusing tools as part of our ADHD curriculum to help her think clearly this year.
ADHD Curriculum We’ve Used Previously
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