I believe strongly in homeschooling dyslexic kids. Here are my top 10 reasons why I believe in homeschooling kids with dyslexia.
As my site shows, I believe strongly in homeschooling dyslexic kids. Here are my top 10 reasons why I believe in homeschooling kids with dyslexia.

After over 25 years of homeschooling my kids with dyslexia and with a site entirely dedicated to helping other parents do the same, it’s probably obvious where I stand on homeschooling dyslexic kids.  However, if you still need convincing, here are my top 10 reasons why I believe that you should homeschool your kids with dyslexia.

Benefits of Homeschooling Kids With Dyslexia

There are many benefits to homeschooling, whether your child is dyslexic or not.  However, until the public schools make some major changes in how they help dyslexic students, parents of kids with dyslexia have another option – homeschooling.  Here’s why:

1.  Teaching can be individualized to your child’s unique learning style in all subject areas: reading, spelling, composition, and comprehension. If you’ve been homeschooling outside-the-box kids for more than 5 minutes you already know this, but not all kids can sit still, listen, and read to learn. (Also, 40-60% of kids with dyslexia will have some form of attention deficit.) Adapting how we teach our kids at home is one of the biggest benefits to homeschooling any child with or without dyslexia.

2.  If one method of instruction (or curriculum) isn’t working, you don’t have to wait until your child is failing to change it! Curriculum can be modified and accommodations given however the parent/teacher sees the need.

3.  Homeschooling allows freedom to provide adequate and timely remediation of areas of weakness like reading, spelling, and writing. Ask any parent of a public schooled child with dyslexia and they will tell you how difficult it is to get approved for this kind of help let alone the to get the right kinds of help.

4.  Homeschooling allows the freedom to provide meaningful and appropriate accommodations so that these bright students can learn and perform at their intellectual level. You’re probably already adjusting how you teach your child with dyslexia. Accommodations are an excellent way to help a child with dyslexia perform at their intellectual ability despite weaknesses in reading or spelling. 

5.  Homeschooling is time efficient and leaves time in the day for kids to focus on areas of interest, which brings confidence and a love of learning. 

6.  Homeschooling allows the freedom to plan lessons around those interests. Interest-led learning has been shown to be one of the best ways to learn. It’s actually how people naturally learn all the time. 

7.  Homeschooling allows for freedom from being measured against peers, day in and day out, with no learning difficulties and minimizes many of the common emotional issues associated with dyslexia.

8.  Homeschooling allows for your child to work at their own pace using resources that work best with their individual strengths. Surprisingly, even though many people believe that schools are the educational experts, teachers are generally not educated much at all about learning differences like dyslexia. 

9.  Homeschooling necessarily avoids the rigid scheduling and standardized testing {and the practice of teaching to the test} that is required in public schools.

10. The extra time spent with your dyslexic child as you homeschool allows parents the benefit of  being able to observe where their child’s interests and abilities intersect and to take the time to develop their unique gifts.

Making the Decision to Homeschool Your Child With Dyslexia

Every family and every child is unique.  Making the decision to homeschool or to have your child attend a public or private school is a very personal decision.   It is my own experience of homeschooling our 7 kids with dyslexia for the past 25 years that prompts me to say that it is the best method for educating dyslexic kids.

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How about you?  Do you homeschool your kids with dyslexia?  What has your experience been?