Are you considering homeschooling your dyslexic child? Homeschooling your dyslexic child and allowing them to work around their areas of struggle is a huge benefit of homeschooling.
As a parent interested in homeschooling, you may wonder IF you can homeschool your child with dyslexia. The truth is, you can!
Benefits of 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 the 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 audiobooks!
- 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 child with dyslexia may do better with. These include curriculums with:
- Shorter teaching sessions
- Auditory learning through DVD’s, audiobooks, 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.