If you are homeschooling a high schooler, you probably realize that college testing season will be here before you know it, and as a homeschool parent you may be concerned about how to best prep your homeschool child for the ACT or SAT. Homeschool parents are typically the sole person responsible for their child’s education so this can make testing season rather stressful. You may wonder if you taught everything your child needs to know, and if your child isn’t used to standardized testing you may wonder if they are fully prepared to take the tests.
There are a few things you can do to best prepare yourself and your child for the ACT or SAT.
Prepare now for testing season
Students who study ahead of time tend to score higher on these tests because they walk in feeling confident and prepared.
You can find study test packets here:
There are also free practice tests online:
Consider allowing your child to take the PSAT in their early years of high school. This will give them an idea of what they need to focus on and will gauge their preliminary scores.
Not everyone tests their homeschoolers and that’s fine. However, if you have a child in high school that you know is going to take college placement exams in a few years, test them now to prepare them for the big test later. This will allow them to gain confidence in their test taking abilities and will make them less nervous when it comes time to prep for college placement.
Be confident in your abilities as a teacher
Homeschoolers have an advantage when it comes to college entrance exams because they can turn preparation into daily lessons. Studying for the test can become school, after all they will be focusing on reading, writing and math while prepping to take the test.
Homeschoolers tend to turn out great scores on these exams, and consistently score higher than their public school counterparts. In 2002 and 2003 the average homeschooled students ACT score was 22.5 compared to the national average of 20.8. In 2002 the average homeschooled students SAT score was 72 points higher than the national average.
As a parent interested in homeschooling, you may wonder IF you can homeschool your child with dyslexia. The truth is, you can!
Benefits to Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia
Believe it or not, there are many benefits to homeschooling a child with dyslexia.
- Homeschooling allows for individualized education in all areas where dyslexic children struggle, including: reading, spelling, composition and comprehension.
- Homeschooling your dyslexic child allows them to focus on areas of interest, and allows you to plan lessons around those interests.
- Homeschooling your dyslexic child allows them to NOT be measured day in and day out by their peers.
- Dyslexic children are allowed to work at their own pace using resources that work best with their individual strengths.
- Homeschooling your dyslexic child allows them to avoid standardized testing and strict scheduling that takes place in public schools.
Tips to Help Homeschool Your Dyslexic Child
- Audio Books- These are a great way for dyslexic children to experience books that may have otherwise been too difficult for them to read themselves. Many libraries offer a great selection of audio books!
- Videos- Dyslexic children who may struggle with textbooks could greatly benefit from video instruction. Consider letting them watch lectures, demonstrations, documentaries, and science experiments. This gives visual learners a better learning experience.
- Provide Modifications- Allow your dyslexic child modifications. These can include reading directions, allowing more time on tests, explanations when directions are unclear, and whatever other modifications your child may need.
Homeschooling your dyslexic child with these tips are not “cheating” but are ways to allow your child to excel in learning. A dyslexic child has learning differences that could hold them back in a traditional school setting. Homeschooling your dyslexic child and allowing them to work around their areas of struggle is a huge benefit of homeschooling.
Curriculum Options to Consider
There are certain types of curriculum that a dyslexic child may do better with. These include curriculums with:
- Shorter teaching sessions
- Auditory learning through DVD’s, audio books, etc.
- An option for completing work orally
Dyslexic children tend to not do well with curriculums that have:
- Lots of writing
- Curriculums that require lots of reading
- Difficult spelling lists
If you are considering homeschooling your dyslexic child please know that you CAN do it! Take into consideration their learning style, make modifications, and consider curriculums that are better geared for a dyslexic child. With these tips you can homeschool your child with dyslexia!
Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.
Home educating her 12 children for the last 29 years, Charlotte is a seasoned homeschool mom and speaker who enjoys sharing her experiences to encourage others. From dealing with newborns to navigating the college admission process over and over, many lessons can be learned from her family’s blunders and successes. A widow for over four years and still homeschooling, she understands the world of working with an involved spouse as well as the single mom world. Reaching out to encourage all she encounters, Charlotte shares her homeschool survival skills from a definitively Christian perspective.
Jessica Kersting, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with Up-Words Reading®, as well as a mother of three. Jessica graduated from Auburn University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2005. Jessica worked with pediatric clients in a variety of settings before completing her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Carolina in 2012. She has published her research and presented her work on language and literacy disorders in children at national conferences. Before moving to Atlanta, she worked as an Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University where she taught courses in language development and served as a clinical supervisor for pediatric clients. Jessica specializes in language and literacy disorders in preschool and school age children.
Dr. Michael Smith has over 28 years of higher education experience. He has served as a college professor and administrator, NSF grant director, pre-health seminar coordinator and presently serves as the Associate Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. He brings a wealth of experience to the home school and pre-college arena by serving as a home school facilitator for 4 years and conducting pre-college seminars with high school families across the country for the past twenty years. His workshops are engaging and provide real-world strategies to assist parents and students in navigating the course of becoming a successful college student and college graduate.