If you are wondering how homeschooling with dyslexia works…you have come to the right place. In today’s post, I am going to help you. 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!

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. 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<<

What is the Best Reading Program for my Child with Dyslexia?

 

Use an Orton-Gillingham reading program!

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.  

They also practice it over and over again until it really “sticks.”  Orton-Gillingham is proven in research to be the most effective reading approach for children with dyslexia.  

You can read more about Orton-Gillingham in my previous post:  

 

>>What is Orton-Gillingham<<

 

How do I use a Multisensory Approach in my Homeschool?

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 them to “stick.”   

Using all of your child’s senses, engages their entire body along with their brain. This way they make a memory that lasts and stays with them. 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.

 

Is Homeschooling with Dyslexia Difficult?

Homeschooling with dyslexia is not going to be difficult, 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 the heavily scripted out 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 (like the ones I mentioned above).
  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.  

 

Read And Learn 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, 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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