Simply Addition Level 1 – A FREE Math Workbook for Kids with (or without) Down Syndrome
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by Mary Cooney
1w ago
If you would like to help your child learn the addition facts within ten, here is a FREE resource I hope you will find helpful. I have tried several math curricula for my son with Down Syndrome, but when it came to independence, accuracy, and fluency in working out the addition facts within ten, he did not make any real progress until we introduced the rekenrek. And so I found myself making worksheets and eventually this workbook for him and the kids in our coop, and for any child who needs extra help with addition. A rekenrek (which means “counting rack”) is a 20-bead abacus with red and whi ..read more
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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Children with Down Syndrome
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by Mary Cooney
2w ago
One of my goals this year was to prepare Junior and the boys in our Down Syndrome co-op to receive their First Holy Communion. To help with that, we were blessed to find a catechist who was trained to teach Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes. Maria, our catechist, had never worked with children with T21, but it quickly became evident to all of us that she had a loving heart for them. And the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was so appropriate for the four boys in our co-op. The highly visual and hands on approach, the one-on-one presentations, the boys’ freedom to choose which materials to ..read more
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The Mysteries of the Rosary: Three-part Cards
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by Mary Cooney
1M ago
May is the month of Our Lady, so this month I’m sharing Montessori-inspired three-part art cards depicting the Mysteries of the Rosary for FREE. I made these for the boys in our co-op to use in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium. They are a beautiful way to teach your children about the mysteries of the rosary. Here’s what they look like: The wonderful thing about three-part cards is that there are so many ways to use them, depending on your child’s age and ability. You can help your child match picture to picture, then title to title. You can lay out all five cards of a mystery, then ..read more
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Phonics for Children with Down Syndrome: A FREE Long Vowel CVCe Practice Book
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by Mary Cooney
1M ago
Here’s a free resource to help your child with (or without) T21 learn the concept of silent e in long vowel words. Most phonics programs require children to practice word families by reading long, drill-like lists of words. Early on, I knew that was not going to fly with my little guy. So, to help him understand silent e, I adapted the word lists to make them colorful, interactive, and full of pictures to boost comprehension and to make reading lists of words more meaningful and interesting. Take a look: Having the silent e in a yellow font helps students remember that it silent. Pictures h ..read more
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Spring-Themed Picture Addition Cards
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by Mary Cooney
2M ago
Spring has sprung! So I made these Spring-themed Picture Addition Cards. Take a peek: These cards provide practice and review of addition math facts within ten and focus on +1 and +2 facts as well as doubles. If your child is just starting with addition, I recommend helping your child master the +1 and +2 facts, and then the doubles before moving on to the other facts within ten. Print these on card stock and laminate, so your child can practice with these repeatedly. Download these for FREE here: Spring-themed addition cards: +1/+2/ doubles factsDownload   Happy Spring! Winter-themed N ..read more
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A Life Worth Living: One Family Embraces Four Children with Down Syndrome
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by Mary Cooney
2M ago
A few months ago, my oldest son told me he has a friend who has seven siblings, four with Down Syndrome. As a mother of a large family who has one child with Down Syndrome, I was astounded. Five biological children, three adopted, four with Down Syndrome and homeschooling? “Peter,” I said to my son, “Please get me her number. I need to talk to that mom and tap into her wisdom.” It took us a while to connect — Sonia McGarrity is, after all, a little busy. But once we did, we could have talked for hours about family life, homeschooling, and Trisomy 21. As we spoke, I realized that the story of t ..read more
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FREE Spring Tracing Pages
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by Mary Cooney
3M ago
Here’s a set of Spring-Themed Tracing Pages I made for my son to keep him motivated with handwriting. These come in color as well as black and white. There are 16 words to trace in color and 16 in black and white. Be sure to watch that your child is using the correct order of strokes when tracing. Muscle memory is so important in writing skills, so we want to make sure they are using consistent and correct stroke patterns. Download them for free here and Happy Spring! spring-words-for-tracingDownload Winter Words for Tracing by Mary Cooney January 14, 2024 FREE Worksheets for Trac ..read more
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Teach Me to Read Duets: Another Free Adapted Reader for Children with (or without) Down Syndrome
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by Mary Cooney
3M ago
For those of you who have used my free Short Vowel Stories to practice phonics with your emergent readers, here’s an easy next step: a FREE and adapted version of Teach Me to Read Duets. Fifteen years ago or so, I wrote these little stories for my daughter when she was learning to read. Then, about two years ago, I adapted them for my son with Down Syndrome. Compared to the original version, the font size is larger, there are two spaces between each word, and there are larger gaps between each line. I also broke this book up into three smaller books (A, B, and C), all of which are included in ..read more
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The Articles of the Mass: Three-part Cards
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by Mary Cooney
4M ago
This year, the boys in our little T21 co-op are preparing to receive First Confession and First Communion. We are so grateful that a trained catechist has been coming to run a little Catechesis of the Good Shepherd class just for them. They have been learning the names of some of the articles of the Mass, and so I made these Montessori-style three-part cards to teach them words such as monstrance, chalice, paten, and purificator. Here’s a sample: There are eighteen items in this set: altar, altar bells, altar candle, boat, chalice, ciborium, communion plate, crucifix, cruets, host, monstranc ..read more
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Winter-themed Number Line Addition
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by Mary Cooney
5M ago
Here’s a FREE set of winter-themed number line addition worksheets. These focus on the +1, +2, +3 and doubles facts within ten. They’re designed for children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. Here are some sample pages: I include blank sheets so you can write in your own facts: I recommend using colored pegs or counters above the number line to help your child solve each number sentence. Or you can use the addition strips that are included: Download the Winter-Themed Number Line Addition Worksheets here for free: Number line addition – Winter-themedDownload Winter Words for  ..read more
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