SW/ULW with 15 yo SN child

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  • Twinsmomxtwo

    I have a 15 year old son who is on the autism spectrum.  He is high functioning but has learning challenges particularly with reading and language skills.  We just did our end of year testing and his language scores have regressed almost a full year GE from 7.5 to 6.6 grade equivalent; and his reading scores have stayed relatively stagnant with a slight regression from 7.1 to 7.0 grade equivalent.

    A little background: we are returning to SCM after a few years in classical conversations.  He did relatively well in their essentials grammar & writing program but has been really struggling in Challenge.

    I am going to be using Spelling Wisdom and Using Language Well with him for language arts this coming year.  He has consistently struggled for as long as I can remember with using proper capitalization and punctuation so I am thinking about going all the way back to SW/ULW Book 1 to review and solidify these skills – possibly through the summer.  Is this ok to do with him since he is 15 and these books are written for 3rd/4th graders?

    Karen Smith

    Yes, starting in book 1 is perfectly okay. Because each book uses excerpts from good quality literature, the exercises are not “babyish” in any way.

    While the grade levels given for each book follow Charlotte Mason’s philosophy for spelling and grammar, you should choose the book that best fits your child’s ability. You want to meet your child where he is at and help him grow from there, even if that is different than the suggested grades on a curriculum. As always, teach your child, not the curriculum. 🙂


    Thank you, Karen!

    I think I knew that  – but I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t going back too far for his age. I know he needs it, though.

    I appreciate you answering my question. 😊

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