This site, Homeschooling With Dyslexia, began out of a desire to share from the many years I have been teaching my own kids with learning difficulties. As a child, I loved school, textbooks, and sitting in class listening to my teachers. I had ZERO idea that there were actually kids that struggled to read and learn.
We began homeschooling our kids in 1996 out of a desire to give our kids the best education possible. By first grade, I was completely out of my depth and convinced that I was going to ruin my kids forever. My young son, who was clearly very bright, was not understanding what I was teaching and was growing increasingly frustrated and unhappy.
A diagnosis of dyslexia at age 7 1/2 was also a diagnosis for my husband. Little did I know that dyslexia was genetic. Eight kids later, seven of our kids are dyslexic with a few of her cousins – dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD.
Thus began my quest for understanding my bright but struggling learners.
A learning difference not a disability.
Dyslexia is almost always referred to as a disability. I get it. During the school years, dyslexia makes learning extremely difficult. However, since dyslexia is caused by a difference in brain wiring and NOT an intellectual deficit, I prefer to look at dyslexia as a learning difference that requires a different style of teaching.
Public and private schools are not equipped to provide the kind of teaching that our kids need. So, although homeschooling isn’t always easy, it has by far been the best choice we have made for our achieving our goal of giving our kids the best education possible.
Homeschooling not only works, it is the best option for educating kids who don’t learn by traditional methods.
My search for knowledge lead me to become a certified Orton-Gillingham dyslexia tutor. The most important thing I have done to help my kids has been to get educated about what the underlying causes of their learning differences are.
Since those early days of tears and exasperation, we have gone on to successfully homeschool our kids using individualized, multi-sensory and research-based methods. All people with dyslexia can learn to read, write and spell with the right methods!