Teaching Children With Dyslexia

Teaching children with dyslexia can sound daunting, especially if you are homeschooling.

These tips and suggestions will help you find the method which works best for your child and give you the reassurance that you will succeed.

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"My daughter (age 13) has dyslexia and left school unable to read. Today, after being homeschooled for 14 months, she read 25 pages from a mid level reader 3 times in a row, because she wanted to."

~ Dawn, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

Let's start by recommending the best free websites to help teaching children with dyslexia.

Best Free Websites For Teaching Children With Dyslexia

These free websites are all suggested by homeschooling families in my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook support group.

If you're not sure whether your child has dyslexia or not, you can find out the sign and symptoms here.

Open Dyslexic

OpenDyslexic is a new open source font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles. It is being updated continually and improved based on input from dyslexic users. OpenDyslexic is free.

“I just wanted to add, that my friends use the fonts for dyslexia and it makes a big difference.”

~ Monica, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

Learning Ally

Learning Ally is a national non-profit dedicated to teaching children with dyslexia.  They help children succeed in school, feel more confident, and stay on a positive path for years to come.

Their vision is for all people to have equal opportunities to learn.

If you have an official diagnosis (a simple diagnosis sheet filled out by the doctor and mailed in) you can use learningally.org for free.

Hoopla

Hoopla is a great site for free fun audio books.  Audiobooks are a great help when it comes to teaching children with dyslexia, as Suzanne and Allie explain:

"Use audio books.  Making sure our kids love books and reading was a top priority.  Audio books helped with this (and absence of other types of media like TV and video games.)"

~ Suzanne, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

"(To help my son) we did audio books. Did you know that audio books use all the same areas of the brain as reading? I have proof - neuropsychologists approve of audio books for dyslexics. USE THEM - it's Okay."

~ Allie, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

Khan Academy

We love the free Khan academy for all homeschooling and as Allie explains it's a big help for teaching children with dyslexia too:

"Visually learn - stream you tube's crash course history/science (by the green brothers) - It's also available free on the Khan academy.

Use Khan for learning math - you can watch the videos to learn how to do the math and you can increase the screen font size so your child can read it."

~ Allie, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

Tips For Homeschooling With Dyslexia

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“I am dyslexic and my three older children are as well, all grown now, and it never held any of us back. That said I used to tutor dyslexic children and I found writing became fun when you made the kids fill in the blanks of whimsical facts about themselves or something in which they find interesting. Example: I went on a vacation to................, and ............................. Happened. It scared me to death. It makes their writing personal and up until about age 12 it seems to be a big hit. Although you can get a lot more imaginative than that, it did seem to work.”

~ Sonia, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

“My friend's daughter is dyslexic and she finds it easier to write or read on non white paper.   She uses one of those clear but colored paper wallets to filter the white out.  And buys pastel paper to write on.”

~ Susanne, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

“Too many children are swallowed up or not picked up on in 'the system.'  We used wet-dry-try which worked enormously.  On the first day of homeschool we did handwriting practice in the sand on the beach.  I would try and make any writing at all fun, use nice colored paper, gel pens, felt tips, use a computer or tablet, write to penpals, create a blog...”

~ Sheila x,  Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

“My daughter is not dyslexic but she is a very reluctant writer. She didn't really start writing until she was around eight. We also did a lot of big letter writing on big sheets, in the sand, with chalks outside... She generally still prefers 'writing for real' rather than 'writing for practice' which she hardly does. When I did my teacher training we did a whole module on coming up with activities that were 'for real' rather than 'for practice' because it is so much more motivating.

So I would think about such scenarios like pen friends, letters/cards to family members, recipe books, stories for little friends, writing for getting badges from different places like TV shows, etc.... My daughter has a few pen friends now and writes to them regularly. She is a sight reader so she sometimes finds it hard to work out the spelling of a word from the sounds.

Using Scribblenauts (an app where you have to type in objects to help the avatar overcome obstacles) has helped a lot with her spelling. She now also uses google spelling a lot on her mobile and had a phase were she tried out different speech to text apps. Sometimes just for making up 'nonsense' stories but sometimes to record her short stories where she could concentrate on the content without having to worry about the writing or spelling. She also likes texting people because of the inbuilt spell checker.

She is in the best hands for her learning now. You know your child so well on an individual level and can tailor activities to their needs and strengths.”

~ Diana xx, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

“An option could be finding an online curriculum where someone else can help, and he'd be learning at home still.

Also, there are so many different kinds of curriculums. The best is to piggy-back off of what he's "into" at the moment. Maybe don't even tell him what you're doing at first, lol, so maybe he won't resist so much.

There are also video game curriculums. Apps for devices are great, as well. You can get written curriculums that focus around his interests, like art or game design...

Rainbow Resource has SO many different ideas and things, as well! You don't even have to order from them, you can just look through their catalog and get all sorts of inspiration.”

~ Jami, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

You can see many more homeschooling strategies for teaching children with dyslexia here.

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I have two children who are dyslexic...(and) as for homeschooling, I can honestly say it's been the best thing I've ever done for me and my family.

To anyone who is considering making this move - don't consider yourself a 'teacher.'  I'm just a mom who loves learning with her kids. I taught them to walk and talk and I can teach them anything. "

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~ Claire, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

Claire is just one of the homeschooling parents who have successfully taught their dyslexic children. You can see more homeschooling stories of success teaching children with dyslexia here.

If you'd like help, support and encouragement on any aspect of homeschooling, please come and join the Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group.

All the comments on this page are from members of this group because we all try to help and support each other.

Homeschooling gives you the opportunity to find the best methods for teaching children with dyslexia so you can give your child the best start in life.

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