I was wondering what program to buy or try. I want to start him out with this math. He is 12 years old and is a struggling learner. He has dyslexia and dysgraphia. He is at the 4th grade level. What level do I start at. Sandi
We have a placement questionnaire that you can do at http://www.alabacus.com/questions/
It might lead you to the level he may work best in.
Once you have the level you can go to the webpage of that level’s manual and click on the left hand side in the blue box where it says “Sample Lessons PDF” and there you will find the list of objectives for that book.
With those two you may have a better idea of what level you may like to start him in.
For a more detailed, or personal placement I recommend calling our 888-272-3291 customer service number, and they can better assist your exact needs.
From what you have written about his dyslexia and dysgraphia, I would imagine he would fare well using this program, as we have many special needs children using the program with excellent results.
I would encourage you to teach to his strength, and use the program in that manner. In this program, most lessons hit each learning style, so it ensures that whatever learner they are, they will learn. Be if you know that he is not a reader then don’t have him read the directions on the math page, you read it aloud to him, so he can learn through is audio style. If he struggles in writing have him write on a large white board, or have him give you the answers aloud and you write them down. Remember our goal is that he learns and enjoys math, so teaching to his learning style will help create that. The other things he needs to work on (like reading and handwriting) can be worked on at different times so as not to use all of his energy concentrating on what he can’t do. Instead, we want to free him up so he can concentrate on understanding math. Can he can do it if we teach to the way he learns.
I would recommend the book
“The Way They Learn” by Cynthia Tobias
After you look at the placement test and you are still not sure what level, either call the 888-272-3291 number or email me and we can walk through it together.