Homeschooling a Child with a Learning Disability

Homeschooling my oldest son has always been a breeze.  He learned to read when he was 3, and my greatest educational challenge with him was poor penmanship. I was not prepared for the struggles I faced with our second son.  He wasn’t ready to read at age 3. Or at age 4. Or at 5. […]

Our new adoption blog and deleting this feed

I want to apologize to everyone who keeps getting emails from this blog! I am not sure whether I have been hacked or if the problem lies with Feedburner, but although I haven’t posted anything new for awhile my blog keeps sending out posts.  I haven’t been able to do anything about it as I […]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Technology

Ipod: I could write a whole post on the iPod and great apps for dyslexics (and I will try to do so soon!), but for the sake of brevity I will just say that my dyslexic son uses his iPod daily for school.  He can write emails using voice commands (eliminating the need for typing). […]

Resources for the Dyslexic Child

UPDATE: This resource list has become so long over the years that I have decided to break it up by subject as a series of posts.  The posts in this resource series are linked below. Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Phonics and Early Readers Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Spelling Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Handwriting and Copywork […]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Math

All our children have used Math U See (MUS), so I’ve been with their program for the past 12 years.  This has been a good fit for our dyslexic son, as the hands on, manipulative approach appeals to him.  The curriculum includes a video for teachers, but my kids always watch the video with me before we […]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Handwriting and Copy Work

HAND WRITING: Dyslexic children often reverse letters, writing b instead of d and so forth.  Our son did just that.  We switched him to Cursive First and the problem was immediately eliminated.  Cursive First is a handwriting program that teaches children how to write cursive.  It is intended to be used before they learn to print. […]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: History, Literature, and Science

HISTORY AND LITERATURE: Our son gets most of his history and literature content for both school and pleasure through audio books.  As I explained in an earlier post, the discrepancy between what a dyslexic person can understand when listening verses reading is often huge.  When our son was tested he could process 8 grade levels higher […]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Grammar and Latin

GRAMMAR: We use the grammar series from Peace Hill Press, written by Susan Wise Bauer and her mother Jessie Wise.  When my dyslexic son was in 4th grade we did the book First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind (aimed at 1st and 2nd graders).  This book is meant to take two years but we were easily […]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Phonics and Early Readers

  The people behind All About Spelling (AAS) have released a new program called All About Reading (AAR).  This program is geared specifically toward teaching reading to the dyslexic student. Oh, how I wish it had been available a few years ago when we were struggling!  I am using AAR with one of my younger children, who […]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Spelling

  SPELLING:  For the past 4 years we have been using All About Spelling , which is an Orton Gillingham method designed specifically for dyslexics. Most experts recommend teaching spelling to dyslexics using an Orton Gillingham method.  For more information and links to some curricula using OG methods, check out Susan Barton’s website Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, Inc.     […]