We are a homeschooled family and love to learn new ways of teaching just about anything. Having someone with special needs and teaching them has been interesting and also challenging at times!!!! One of the uniquenesses that our son has (or as we like to call them) is Autism and ADHD. Now he also has a few other uniqueness….and roll them all together and you never quite know what you will have when you try to teach him.
Trying to teach the simplest things can be a big hurdle and we need to look around and always find new and different ways to approach things.
Our one goal has been as he gets closer to adult age is basic life skills. How can he function the best he can in the “real” world as he get older? When he wants to be with his friends….how can he maintain as “normal” of a life as he can? What can we do to assist him in learning how to feel like he can fit in?
We needed to make a list of areas in life where we needed to help him fit in the best he could. One area we thought of would be when he goes to a restaurant. I think we take things for granted and just maybe assume that reading and understanding a menu is the “norm”. Well in fact I found out that it is not. So in my search around I actually found math workbooks called “menu math” and we just love them!!!
Real life math…..with real life restaurant menus, it doesn’t get better than this. We choose places that we frequent to make this as real and normal as we could. Chick-Fil-A, MacDonald’s etc.…. here a few samples of what we choose below. Stay tuned as to how we apply these in our homeschooling in my next blog.
Here are a few links to some places where I was able to purchase some great “menu math”… Let me know if you find any other great resources in the comments below.
Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother