Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: History, Literature, and Science


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 if he was able to listen rather than read.  His reading level has greatly improved over the years, but of course the difficulty in what he needs to do in school has also gone way up.  While we always want to be remediating weaknesses, we should also use accommodation so that the dyslexic child is not held back in important subject areas.

I developed the website My Audio School specifically to meet his needs as a dyslexic student.  About 20 % of our content is unblocked for the public, or a subscription fee of  only $15 per year unlocks over 600 distinct audio resources.  Although I developed it for our dyslexic son, all of our children are using it every week.  Everyone loves a good audio book!

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Another source of audio material for children who have proper documentation proving they are dyslexic is Learning Ally.    This website has TONS of textbooks and other recorded books for educational purposes, but you must be able to prove with a doctor’s or psychologist’s documentation that your child is either visually impaired or has dyslexia.  The fee for Learning Ally is now $119 annually, I believe.

 SCIENCE:  It is hard to find good science materials in an audio format, so when my son was younger I read most of his science aloud.  We did make use of several living science books (ala Charlotte Mason style) from My Audio School, but I also read science textbooks aloud.  Those days are over now, thankfully!  My son is now in 7th grade and old enough for the higher level Apologia science courses.  This year he took Apologia General Science.
My oldest son has used this excellent Christian, college-preparatory science curriculum all the way through high school.  It is great for dyslexics as they sell MP3 audio CDs for 6 of their courses so the child can listen to the textbook being read, or follow along as he reads.  My son took this course in an online classroom, which enabled him to hear all material presented in an interactive lecture format, and he listened to the audio mp3 textbook.  This format has worked great for him and he is excelling.