Are you planning on homeschooling a child with dyslexia? As both a professional in the field of Special Education as well as the mother of two dyslexic children, I support you 100% in this decision!  A child with dyslexia needs a lot of additional support, both academic and also emotional. Homeschooling a child with dyslexia can make a crucial difference not only in how well your child does in their academics but also how comfortably they will deal with their dyslexia in their everyday life. On today’s blog post I will cover the most important steps in homeschooling a child with dyslexia.  Hopefully this will leave you with a feeling of accomplishment and also relief.  Most importantly, something to look forward to.  So here it goes….

“Which Dyslexia Homeschooling Curriculum should I use?” 

A child with dyslexia must have a structured, systematic, cumulative and repetitive program. Children with dyslexia do best if the program is multisensory. This means they need to see it, hear it, touch it and move with it.  Here is my top pick for homeschooling a child with dyslexia: 

The PRIDE Reading Program

This is an Orton-Gillingham, multisensory reading, writing, spelling and comprehension curriculum designed for homeschooling a child with dyslexia. The PRIDE Reading Program begins with recognition of the letters, the sounds of the letters, and the sounds of letter combinations (phonemes). PRIDE’s easy to follow scripted, step-by-stepTeaching Guide walks you through which skills to teach, and when and how to teach them. With the PRIDE Reading Program, there is no need for special training or advanced understanding of spelling andreading rules. All you need to do is read the highlighted script of the Teaching Guide aloud to your child and follow the simple directions. Plus, if you ever need help with how a lesson is taught, there are short and easy to understand videos showing the PRIDE method in practice. The PRIDE Reading Program is meant to be taught 30-45 minutes 4-5 days a week.

Which Reading Activities should I use?

If you are homeschooling a child with dyslexia, then using the Orton-Gillingham approach is the absolute most important step in your child’s education. Kids with dyslexia need those Orton-Gillingham lessons. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t do some really fun, colorful and rich language arts based lessons aside from the Orton-Gillingham. Orton-Gillingham is more of a reading therapy. It is a little dry and a little boring. That is why I recommend doing a little bit each day and then doing other fun reading activities on the side. 


 Here are my recommendations:

1. Read to your child daily

 Reading develops a strong bond between you and your child, fosters a vivid imagination and creativity, and helps develop visualization skills which later leads to stronger reading comprehension.

2. Use audio books

Audiobooks help build vocabulary skills, introduces children to books that are above their reading levels, and helps strengthen auditory skills.

3. Read website articles

Encourage your child to read website articles (with your approval).  Some that I really like are: TIME for Kids, National Geographic Kids and How Stuff Works.

4. Pursue multisensory avenues

If your child is reading about rocks, take her to a museum where she can see and touch them. If the book is about a fireman, make a visit to your local fire station.

5. Utilize the library

Go to the Library each week and let your child pick out a stack of books they want to read together with you. Set aside 20-30 minutes a day to read together.  

Home is the place of safety and comfort, and this is particularly crucial for a dyslexic child. A loving, supportive home environment gives your child a solid base from which to grow and learn. If you have any specific questions relating to homeschooling a child with dyslexia, please feel free to contact me from the information below and I will be more than happy to help you.

 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog post today!

 


Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com

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