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Homeschooling and home learning are becoming very popular for many families right now. Whether homeschooling is just a temporary situation for you or more or a long-term commitment, there are certain things that you will need to know. If you are exploring the option of homeschooling your child with dyslexia, this post will give you a lot of information to help you on this journey. I am going to give you all the tips, strategies and resources that you need to get started on your path to a positive and successful homeschooling with dyslexia experience! So let’s get started…

How do I Legally Homeschool a Child with Dyslexia?

You will first want to do the necessary research in your state to make sure you are following the laws accordingly before you withdraw your child from school and start to homeschool. You can contact your state department of education to learn more about the laws on homeschooling in your state by clicking:

  >>US Department of Education: State Contacts<<

You will also want to understand the legal rights for your child with dyslexia – especially as they enter middle and high school.  In these upper grades certain accommodations for testing, foreign language class requirements and language arts will really be necessary.  Some websites that you will want to get on and really follow throughout your homeschooling journey are:

Wrightslaw

Home School Legal Defense Association or HSLDA 

Both of these organizations are fantastic and will offer you a wealth of legal information regarding special education law, advocacy and homeschooling rights.

What is the Best Homeschool Program for Dyslexia?

Reading and Phonics Dyslexia Curriculum

While there are many really great reading and phonics programs in the homeschool market, most of these are not geared towards children with dyslexia. The best choice for you when homeschooling with dyslexia is to use an Orton-Gillingham curriculum.  

Orton-Gillingham is a really structured, step-by-step, repetitive and multisensory approach. This means that when the kids are learning to read, they learn each skill individually.

They see it, say it, hear it and move with it.  

Orton-Gillingham is proven in research to be the most effective reading approach for children with dyslexia.  You can read more about the Orton-Gillingham approach here: 

 

>>What is Orton-Gillingham<<

 

 

 

How Can I Help My Child with Dyslexia Learn Best in Our Homeschool?

Make everything Multisensory! Multisensory means having your child hear it, say it, touch it and move with it during every lesson.  

Why is this so effective for your child with dyslexia? Kids with dyslexia need to learn in a different way. By using multisensory materials and activities you are giving your child an opportunity for the information you are teaching to really “stick.”   

Using all of your child’s senses, engages the entire body along with the brain. This creates a more memorable experience for the child. The more senses you have your child use, the stronger this memory will be. Here are a few multisensory strategies that you can try out in your homeschool:

  • Have your child write words with a squeeze-style ketchup bottle, shaving cream or chocolate pudding (ooh messy fun).
  • Use trays filled with salt or sand and have your child write words or skills in these.
  • Build words with wooden letters, blocks, legos or puzzle pieces.
  • Have your child write on their palm, use arm tapping, or you can have your child spell words while at the same time doing a jumping jack or bouncing a ball.
  • Take a walk in the neighborhood and read the world. There are letters and signs everywhere.
  • Go to the grocery store and read the entire store.
  • When teaching specific reading and spelling skills, use letter tiles and flashcards.

 

How is Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia Different?

Homeschooling with dyslexia is not going to be difficult or different, it is just going to mean you need to do some extra tweaking with your schedule and curriculum. 

This is the best part about homeschooling a child with dyslexia because your child is going to get to take their time, work through the programs slowly and at their own rate and accomplish what they need – which is a lot of repetition and practice. (I really can’t stress this enough how important this is for your child.)

A child with dyslexia requires overlearning to achieve mastery. If you are using an Orton-Gillingham reading program, then you will practice this repetition with your child.

Let’s use an example. You are teaching the letter combination ea.

  1. Your child will see a picture of a steak and the child will say “ealong asteak.
  2. Your child will write the ea in the air 3 times while saying it aloud.
  3. Your child will practice at least 3 phonemic activities with the ea.
  4. Your child will arm tap, palm write, write the ea in shaving cream, sand, etc.  
  5. Your child will write 10 words with the ea that you dictate to them (great, break, wear, bear, etc.).
  6. Your child will read a list of words with ea and underline the ea as they read.
  7. Your child will read sentences with the ea.
  8. Your child will read an entire decodable text highlighting the ea.

(This could take 3-4 days of you teaching just this one skill)

After all this, when your child finally goes to the next skill in Orton-Gillingham (which is the ar skill), you still get to keep repeating and reviewing the ea.  

Ok, so does this sound to you like overlearning? Yes, I know that it does, but all I can say is that it works.  

 

Where Can I Read And Learn More About Dyslexia?

You will be able to homeschool your child the best if you do your research. This means learning about dyslexia, what it is and how best to help your child. 

My favorite book to read is: Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz.  

My favorite websites to visit are, The International Dyslexia Association, Reading Rockets, The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity and Understood.org.

Also…if you subscribe to my YouTube Channel, I upload lots of videos and activities that will help you as well when teaching your child at home.

Because children with dyslexia need to learn a different way and need much more individualized attention, practice and repetition, homeschooling is really a wonderful option. 

Good Luck in your homeschooling adventures and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about homeschooling with dyslexia. I want to help you. I am here for you.

Thank you for reading my 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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