Summer Learning for the Child with Special Needs

Summer Learning for the Child with Special NeedsNote: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything through those links, I get a little commission that I use towards running this website. I only share products I highly recommend for the homeschool community raising and educating a child with special needs. Thank you for your contribution in this manner.

Whether you’re a year-round homeschooler or choose to take a break this summer, you will come across idle moments where your child will yell: “I’m bored!”

Many parents and educators worry about losing the learning momentum during summertime. This is especially true if educating a child with special needs. While you don’t want to overwhelm your child, you don’t want to be caught without ideas when your child comes hunting for them.

Here is a round-up of fun and games for summer brain gain.

I share either a tip or benefit for using these products with a child with special needs.

Note: Just in time for summer prep, Educents is hosting a site-wide sale with free shipping.

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Times Tales DVD – Learn Multiplication Tables in an Hour

times tales dvd

Times Tales is an interactive animated DVD that teaches kids the upper times tables without memorization. Students can simply follow along with the entertaining story. As they progress, they’ll be guided into associating the stories they’ve learned with real math. With 70 reviews it has a five-star average rating.

Here’s one parent:

“I was so excited to receive this DVD, but I was not prepared for how wonderful it would be! Few things exceed expectations in the way this learning tool did. I purchased it as a reinforcement tool for my middle schooler and she has really benefitted from it. As an added bonus, my preschooler is also well on his way to learning his multiplication facts, too!” – Lacey F.

Good for developmental ages: 5 to 12

Tip for using with a child with special needs: Allow the use of a multiplication chart while viewing and practicing the multiplication facts.

Price: $19.99 down from $29.99!

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Magic School Bus – Math & Science Explosions!

Magic School Bus - Math & Science Explosions!

Magic School Bus is an all-time favorite for all ages.

This Math and Science Explosion combo is a 2-in-1 of hands-on math and science fun. The math board game is a race to make the volcano explode – first player to get all the math facts right wins!

The double sided board means the “gamified” learning can go on for a long time, perfect for summer afternoons!

Be sure to view the video to see the game in action when you click the link below.

Good for: ALL ages

Benefit for a child with special needs: This is a tactile-kinesthetic type game that benefits the child who needs to move to learn!

Price: $53.99 down from $60!
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Digitally Hooked on Phonics


This is a fun and incredibly effective gift that keeps on giving since it’s a lifetime subscription!

Nurture your child’s reading and confidence with the right blend of interactive learn-to-read tools! Designed for the 2.0 learner, the award-winning literacy program that brought reading to millions of kids has been fully digitized. It can be synced with computer, tablet, or phone. It’s perfect for traveling (and even longer errands with the kids) since you don’t need internet for use. This is a summer learning no-brainer.

Good for developmental ages: 4-7

Benefit for a child with special needs: Digital games make for compact and portable learning that helps the child who is disorganized keep phonics learning in one spot.

Price: $29.99 down from $49.99

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Exclusive STEM Bundle – 7 Awesome Experiments


Magnets, crystals, fossils – oh my! There are 7 kits in this incredible (and incredibly priced) set, perfect for any budding scientist.

With hands-on learning, this is a fun way to engage all children, including special needs. Spur your kids curiosity in STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) and have fun together while learning about the world.

As one parent put it,

“My 5 homeschooled kids loved this. I have a special needs child and this was a fun way to show him about science. It was so worth getting. I think I will keep buying these every year for all year long projects.”  -Shelly W.

Good for developmental ages: 5-10

Benefit for a child with special needs: This is another tactile-kinesthetic product that makes hands-on learning a blast!

Price: $59.95 down from $109.99, plus ships FREE to the continental US.

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Summer Checklist – Check!


You can check “Summer Activities List” from your OTHER list of to-dos this month with this fun round-up of 52 summer pursuits including indoor and outdoor adventures, as well as simple activities easily integrated into your day.

Download it, print it, and stick it on the fridge (or bring along for family visits) for a little daily inspiration this summer!

Tip for child with special needs: Even though bucket lists can sometimes be a challenge with a child with special needs, use this list as a guide. Sit with your child to select 5 to 10 activities to do this summer, then encourage him to come up with 3-5 ideas of his own.

Price: Free – download it with one click!

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