One of the main reasons why many parents choose to homeschool their dyslexic kids is because the methods used at school just weren’t working. This post will walk you through how to find a good homeschool curriculum for your dyslexic kids.
We all tend to go with what we are familiar with and because most of us parents attended traditional schools ourselves, it is more likely that the traditional textbook/workbook method will appeal to us. I know that that was true for me when I began homeschooling 100 years ago. (Ahem, actually, more like 20 years ago – it just seems like 100 years!)
I bought the complete curriculum with 7 subjects for my 2nd grader (before I knew he was dyslexic) and even splurged on the extra ‘seatwork’ books for the little guy. I loved the idea of checking off those neat little boxes when each assignment was finished. The trouble was that I wasn’t able to check off many boxes – at all.
I’ll just cut to the chase without the gory details to let you know that that situation did NOT end well.
Understanding How Dyslexic Students Learn
Functional MRI technology has shown that brains of dyslexic people process the written word differently. We now know that dyslexia is caused by this processing difference or glitch.
We also know that dyslexics tend to have more right-brain type strengths. Everybody uses both hemispheres of their brain, but we all tend to prefer one over the other. Dyslexics tend to be right-brain dominant.
This means that they tend to be more artistic, visual, and big picture oriented. This explains why detail oriented learning can be a struggle for them. For more information on brain dominance and what this means for how a dyslexic learns, please read How Dyslexics Learn.
Dyslexics tend to dislike part to whole learning, detail oriented work (spelling anyone?), rote memory work, and monotonous tasks that have no deeper meaning.
Dyslexics tend to like looking at the big picture and seeing where the pieces fit, and participating in imaginative, interactive and creative tasks.
An Example of Tapping in to the Dyslexic Strengths
Since we know that our dyslexic kids don’t learn best with traditional methods, we need to be looking for workarounds to help them. Here is an example of what I mean.
I’m going to start really simply here. Younger dyslexic students are not generally going to pick up a book and read for pleasure. Reading is just a lot of HARD work. I think we all know this, but just in case you’re new to the dyslexia world, I thought I’d mention it.
You may have noticed, however, that dyslexic kids LOVE to be read to. Even myy older kids will come sit nearby when I am reading the simplest of stories to our younger kids. Can’t help themselves. They love, love, love a good story.
The Power of Audio Resources
So reading out loud is going to be a workaround for your dyslexic kids. Now because there is only one mom and mom cannot be reading out loud all day long, it is going to be important to find resources for audio-based learning for your kids. After you have borrowed all of your friends audio books and everything decent from the library check some of these sites for more audiobooks.
Choosing Homeschool Curriculum for Your Dyslexic Kids
I get a lot of questions about what curricula work well with dyslexic learners.
Click the titles below to read more about finding the best homeschool curriculum for each subject.
Choosing a Reading Curriculum for Kids With Dyslexia Over my 20 years of homeschooling kids with dyslexia, I’ve tried and failed with many reading curricula. There was nothing inherently wrong with those programs. They would have worked for 80% of kids learning to read. But not with my kids. For my kids, and 20% of the population with dyslexia, it doesn’t matter how many songs, games or brightly colored readers accompany a reading program – they just won’t work.
Choosing a Writing Curriculum for Kids With Dyslexia Dyslexia is known as a reading disability but it also impacts writing ability. There is often a huge difference between what the dyslexic student wants to say and what he or she actually writes. Learn some tips for making writing more manageable including useful assistive technology and writing curriculum choices from K – 12.
Choosing a Spelling Curriculum for Kids With Dyslexia If you have been parenting or teaching kids with dyslexia (or been married to a dyslexic) for any amount of time, you are part of an elite group that grapples with this most perplexing phenomenon. Teaching spelling to someone with dyslexia. It often seems that no matter what we do, no matter how well they read and no matter what curriculum or method we use, spelling is an issue. Tips for teaching spelling and our top picks for spelling curriculum that really work with the dyslexic student.
Choosing a Math Curriculum for Kids With Dyslexia Like with teaching a dyslexic student to read, any math program that you use, needs to be multi-sensory with lots of review. What works for one family may not work for all families. This post includes loads of math teaching tips, assistive technology and homeschool math curriculum suggestions.
Curriculum Choices by Grade
The following are posts with teaching tips and curriculum choices by grade:
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