After homeschooling my seven kids with dyslexia for nearly 30 years, here is what I want you to know about how to homeschool your kids with dyslexia.
I’m working on writing and recording a new Parent Master Class on what you need to know to establish a balanced, thriving homeschool with a houseful of non-traditional learners.
Creating this resource has me thinking back to my early days of learning about dyslexia and other learning differences (like ADHD, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia).
I was pretty nervous for the first 7 or so years. I was confused about what my kids’ learning differences were, upset by the term ‘disability’, and scared at the lack of progress they were making despite my efforts everyday.
Many parents approach homeschooling with a sense of trepidation, especially when their child is dyslexic. However, I want to assure you that with the right understanding, tools, and resources, homeschooling can become an enriching and empowering journey for both you and your kids.
Today, I’ll share the most important things I did on my own 27+ year journey homeschooling my 7 kids with dyslexia.
Understanding dyslexia is a cornerstone of effective homeschooling. Dyslexia is not a reflection of your child’s intelligence, nor a sign of laziness. It’s a neurological difference that affects the way your child processes language. It’s important to educate yourself about dyslexia and use this understanding to inform your teaching methods.
Resources for learning about Dyslexia:
What is Dyslexia: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Kids About Dyslexia (approximately for kids ages 5-12) My second book designed for teaching kids what dyslexia is, how it may make them feel, and includes the strengths of dyslexia which is SO important! Buy the paperback or ebook.
Understanding Dyslexia; My first online, video-based parent education course. Watch the video teaching or download the audio recording and quickly learn the latest research on the many facets of dyslexia, best methods for teaching, and what the many inherent strengths of the dyslexic mind.
Invest in Dyslexia-Friendly Resources
There are a plethora of resources available that are designed specifically for dyslexic learners. These resources use methods like multi-sensory learning, structured literacy, and other approaches that can make a significant difference to your child’s learning experience. Explore them and integrate them into your curriculum.
Download my free dyslexia-friendly curriculum guide here.
Individualized Learning Plans
One advantage of homeschooling is the ability to create an individualized learning plan for your child. Tailor lessons to suit your child’s strengths and help them overcome their weaknesses. This level of customization can make learning far more accessible and enjoyable for dyslexic children.
Patience and Persistence
Homeschooling, especially homeschooling a dyslexic child, is a marathon, not a sprint. It is essential to be patient with your child’s progress and persistent in providing them with the support they need. Celebrate the small victories along the way. Remember, success is a culmination of these small, yet significant achievements.
Engage in Community
Join a homeschooling community, either locally or online. The support, advice, and shared experiences from these communities are invaluable. The Homeschooling With Dyslexia Facebook group is one such resource where you can connect with others on a similar journey. Read this article on 3 Kinds of Dyslexia Support Groups and Why You Need Them.
Seek Expert Guidance
Even as a homeschooling parent, you’re not alone. There are many experts in the field of dyslexia who can provide guidance, strategies, and support. From tutors to therapists, reach out to the experts when you need extra support.
Remember, your choice to homeschool your dyslexic child is also a commitment to their unique learning journey. It may not always be easy, but the rewards can be immense. By homeschooling, you’re helping your child unlock their potential in a learning environment that truly understands and nurtures their unique abilities.
In the weeks to come, we’ll delve deeper into each of these aspects of homeschooling. Together, we’ll explore the journey of homeschooling a child with dyslexia, ensuring you’re equipped to navigate the journey with confidence and joy.