180 Days of Spelling & Word Study Kindergarten: Review

Homeschooling Workbooks for Students with Autism

As a homeschool mom to a little one with autism, ADHD & fine motor skill delays, finding workbooks that my son enjoys doing can be difficult to say the least. However around Christmas, another homeschooling mom introduced me to the 180 Days of Geography for Kindergarten workbook. While ordering it, I discovered 180 Days of Science as well. So I added that to the cart too.

As soon as those books arrived on our doorstep, I knew they were perfect for Z. They provided him a way to do Science & Geography, without tons of writing. Sometimes its as simple as circling an answer.

Because of our great experience with these two books, I was so excited that Teacher Created Materials agreed to team up with me for a review of several of their 180 Days of Practice products.

180 Days of Spelling & Word Study for Kindergarten

Over the last month or two, we have noticed that Zakari is turning into a good little speller. He most certainly did not get that from his mother. However I wanted to find away to help him practice and improve this skill.

So when I saw, 180 Days of Spelling & Word Study for Kindergarten, I thought “That just might work!”

The lessons in this book are short, quick and engaging for students. The books is designed for classrooms, but I have found they work well for homeschoolers too. Not just for my son, but another friend of mine with a son with autism swears by these books.

Activities include:

  • Picture match
  • Read, match, write
  • Change a letter and letter search
  • Rhyming words and tapping sounds
  • Color and trace and color and search
  • First sound, middle sound, and last sound

While there is writing the student needs to complete, my timid writer did not find it overwhelming at all.

Week 1 Day 1

On Week 1 Day one Zakari was required to color the words that start with the letter M. After which he was expected to practice writing the letter M. One thing I noticed with the 180 Days of Practice books, is the there is a lot of place to practice your letters. For the average child, this type of practice could double over as penmanship program.

Week 1 Day 2

What I loved about this page was Zakari did not just pick out all the letter M’s. He had to color the lower case one color and the upper case another. Sometimes kids with autism have trouble following directions, so I was glad to see places where he could proactive his listening skills.

Then he was to read the words at the bottom of the page and trace the letter M in each word. Once again penmanship practice.

Week 1 Day 3

Today we moved on to practicing the letter F. I like that this book seems to follow a pattern of activities. That way my son can learn what is expected out of him. I find this is especially important when working with kiddos on the Autism Spectrum.

Week 1 Day 4

Once again he had to color the lower case one color and the upper case another. Then trace the letter if in the words listed on the bottom of the page.

Week 1 Day 5

Finally on Day 5 of Week 1, Zakari had to write in the first letter of each word.

Our Thoughts

After just one week, Zakari knows just what to expect. As the book goes on, the lessons of course get more difficult. I think the progression of this is perfect for kiddos in kindergarten.

It is also a great fit for students like my son with some fine motor skill issues. It provides lots of writing practice, without leaving the child feeling overwhelmed.

We have started working through the next few weeks, and my son can easily get a few pages done in one sitting now. He enjoys learning with 180 Days of Spelling and Word Study for Kindergarten. We plan to continue using this program from cover to cover through the summer.

Have you and your children used any of the 180 Days of Practice series? If so what did you think?

Disclaimer
I received a FREE copy of this product in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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