So Happy to Learn – for Homeschooling Children with Down Syndrome

I was scrolling through a homeschooling special needs group I belong to on Facebook and saw that a member had recommended this program to a mother of a child with Down Syndrome. I am not personally familiar with this program and it is not Catholic, but as this is an underserved population in the homeschool community, I wanted to give it a mention as a possible resource.

From the So Happy to Learn Website:

So Happy to Learn is NOT your standard curriculum.  So Happy to Learn IS a philosophy; a change of mindset, a paradigm shift from traditional teaching. It IS a series of techniques, approaches, and simple tools to instill a love of reading, writing and math in your learner. It IS a revolutionary teaching program for both special and typical learners alike.

While the program started exclusively to teach children with Down syndrome, it’s being quickly embraced by the autism community. It can also help children with a wide array of learning challenges, and can even help give your typical pre-schooler a head-start. The program can be implemented by moms, educators and everyone in between. You don’t need a teaching degree to tap into your learner’s abilities; in fact, teachers are going to have to work hard to change their ways from testing to focusing solely on teaching!

Step-by-step instructions with detailed information are provided for each aspect of the program. Extensive libraries of tutorial videos are in place to help SoHTL teachers. A large archive of Happy Sheet packets (worksheets) is also available for the Beginner, Level 1 and Level 2. In addition, new packets are uploaded each month to provide fresh and relevant content for your learner. 

The primary goals of So Happy to Learn are that the learner will:
      -read and enjoy reading,
      -write and enjoy writing,
     – understand and enjoy using basic math concepts.
Most importantly… the learner will enjoy learning!

So Happy to Learn has already changed the lives of hundreds of learners — and those who love them — that have accessed the program at Mrs. Brown’s house. But don’t take our word for it; check out our Testimonials page and see what’s being said. We know that by bringing this program online, thousands upon thousands of children stand to have their lives forever changed. 

For more detailed information on what the program contents look like, visit What’s in the Program .

To learn more about registering and becoming a member of the So Happy to Learn family, visit Join or Renew

Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her fifteenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary". She blogs at