I talk with a lot of parents who are increasingly frustrated with the quality of help their kids with dyslexia are receiving in the public schools.  It’s not that teachers and administrators don’t care.  Public schools are HUGE institutions that are faced with MANY kinds of special needs EVERY day.

It is virtually impossible to give a child with dyslexia the individualized instruction that he or she needs to continue to work at their intellectual level while remediating (building up) their weaknesses in reading and writing within the public school system.  and keep their self confidence in tact.

After homeschooling our 7 kids with dyslexia for the past 20 years, I can confidently say that homeschooling works!  While not always easy, it allows for our kids to learn and thrive without constantly being behind and being compared to the 80% of kids who learn relatively well by traditional methods.

Deciding to homeschool a child with dyslexia is a very personal decision.  If you are considering homeschooling your child with dyslexia, this post is for you.

Benefits of Homeschooling a Child With Dyslexia

Allows for the necessary individualized instruction in all subject areas: reading, spelling, composition and comprehension.  Through accommodation, (audio books, oral responses, etc) homeschooled kids with dyslexia can learn at their intellectual level while receiving effective remediation, individualized instruction in reading, spelling and writing.

Allows for kids to focus on areas of interest and for lessons to be planned around those interests.  The nature of homeschooling is to be interest-led.  For example, reading about and writing a paper on a topic of your choosing – of interest – is far more interesting and therefore a struggling reader and writer will be more motivated to work through their difficulties.

Allows for freedom from being measured against peers, day in and day out, with no learning difficulties.  It is natural to compare ourselves to those around us.  School kids know who the ‘smart’ kids are, who the popular kids are and those who are not.  Try as they may to hide it, the weaknesses that dyslexic kids have in reading, writing and spelling become obvious within a classroom environment.  Since most people don’t understand that dyslexia is a language processing difference, not an issue of intelligence, kids with dyslexia are often thought of as dumb and with time believe it themselves.

Allows for your child to work at their own pace using resources that work best with thier individual strengths.  Teaching methods and curriculum used by large schools are designed in large part for organization.  Keeping track of 30+ students is difficult!  Not so with homeschooling.  There are many methods and curricula that work especially well with dyslexic learners.  Homeschooling allows parents to choose what works best with their unique child.

Homeschooling necessarily avoids the rigid scheduling and standardized testing {and the practice of teaching to the test} that is required in the public schools.  Not much more to say here.  I think we can all agree that the practice of teaching kids to pass a test all day long, is a surefire way to kill any desire to learn.

Get Help Homeschooling a Child With Dyslexia

When I began homeschooling our kids 20 years ago, I knew nothing about dyslexia.  We tried a lot of methods and curricula in our search for what works the best.

Because I am asked so often about getting started homeschooling a child with dyslexia, I created a FREE 50-page ebook that covers many of the basics of creating a flourishing homeschool environment for your kids with dyslexia.

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Topics covered in this free ebook:

1. Getting Started Homeschooling: Overcome your doubts, understand the legalities, learn the many benefits to homeschooling – especially for children with dyslexia.

2. Understanding Learning Styles: Learn what a learning style is and how to observe them in you and your children, learn the ways that people with dyslexia learn best.

3. Creating a Positive Learning Environment: Learn ways to rekindle your child’s love of learning, learn how to observe the interests and abilities of your children and about the power of interest-led learning, create a safe place for your kids who learn differently to thrive.

4. Homeschool Teaching Methods: Learn about the different homeschool methods and which methods work best with your child’s unique learning style.

5. Finding the Right Homeschool Curriculum: Look at the different types of homeschool curricula, how to choose a good fit between the different learning styles in your home.

6. How to Create Your Homeschool Schedule: Tips and ideas for how to create and implement a homeschool schedule in your home, learn some simple ways to manage the needs of your dyslexic learners.

7. Setting Realistic Goals: How to make a homeschool mission statement, setting big picture goals and academic goals. What to do if your child is behind.

8. Tips for Getting it All Done: Learn the importance of keeping a long term perspective in your homeschool, some powerful tips for maximizing your time so you can get more done.

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Are you homeschooling your kids with dyslexia?