Having Dyslexia myself I understand what my son who also has Dyslexia is going through as he struggles to get on top of reading fluently. Having that ability to relate, I want to share with all of you, our top 5 favorite resources that help deal with Dyslexia all while continuing to homeschool. Hopefully some of these resources will be a benefit to you along your homeschooling journey.
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I attended a homeschool conference and signed up for one of Dianne’s blocks. After the first block, I changed my whole schedule to spend every block I could, listening to her speak. Dianne is able to explain what I already knew I had, Dyslexia. Things that I hadn’t put together before hearing her speak. If you ever get the chance to take some of her sessions, I highly recommend that you do. She will open your eyes to the world your child lives in and show ways to teach to your child that are much more effective.
Dianne also has some curriculum you can purchase, if that is what you are looking for. However, I will warn you that her curriculum is very intensive, time-consuming, and one on one with your child. We did purchase her whole set of curriculum and worked with it but was just too much for us. Especially since I had more than one student to work with in a homeschool day. However, even if you aren’t into her curriculum, she gives so much information in her talks that we have inter-twined into our current curriculum.
Kids with Dyslexia are usually more creative and visual in their learning. Child 1st Publications takes the learning of the alphabet and sight words to a new level for these kids. We LOVED the Alphabet Tales book. The short stories are so creative and visual. They just stick in my kids heads and they learned the alphabet quicker because of those stories.
They also have a full reading program, if that is what you are looking for, called Easy for Me Reading Program. I did not use this curriculum, however if I had found out about this company and their curriculum much earlier I just might have used it.
One of the things any person with Dyslexia has to do, to improve, is repetition, repetition, repetition. We love that by adding the Lexia program to our homeschool, our kids are getting that extra reading practice that they desperately need. Not only is it extra practice, but it is fun. There are fun animations that keep them motivated to keep moving forward, lots of visual clues for them to track how they are doing, goals they try to beat each time they log in, etc. This is one of their most favorite parts of our school day. For me, it is a huge win to know that they are spending time learning right where they need to be, at their own pace and enjoying every minute of it. This program can be used on a computer or on a tablet.
As a homeschool teacher, there is a teacher section where you can track how your child is doing. There are even worksheets you can print out to help them focus on areas that they might be struggling with. When they complete a level, you will find a printable certificate, just for them, in this teacher’s area.
We love it so much, I wish I had found this program sooner.
Now that my dyslexic child is a bit older, he wants to be independent, and deserves to be. This software, gives him the ability to gain that independence while online and doing schoolwork. It is a free download, although you can pay for more features. I love this software. How it works is that after downloading, a small window is set on the computer screen. Your child would highlight what they want read to them, whether it is online or in a program, click on the button in the Natural Reader window and wait. The text is then added to the box and highlighted as it is read aloud to your child. He now can work without me over his shoulder, which is an awesome win as a parent.
Just because your child may struggle with reading, doesn’t mean that they can’t enjoy all the books that are meant for their age level. Audiobooks are the way to go, but can be really expensive. We love Audible, however OverDrive is where we head first because, well, all the audiobooks with them are FREE. Overdrive works with your local library (see the list of libraries they work with on their website) to offer you many eBooks and audiobooks for free. You can check out 3 recourses at a time and even download them for offline listening. When your 14 days use are up, you can either renew it or it will automatically be returned for you. No more late fees! The best of the library, in the comfort of your home.
I set the kids up with overdrive on their computers but can also be set up on phones and tablets. They grab a comfy pillow and relax while listening to the latest book they have chosen. Another great feature, is that it saves their place. When the kids log back in the next day, they start right where they left off. No more fumbling around trying to figure out where they last were.