Homschool resources for dyslexia

Homeschooling a child with dyslexia has become increasingly popular as parents seek a more tailored approach to education. Traditional schools may not always provide the necessary direct and systematic instruction for dyslexic children, making homeschooling an appealing alternative.

However, it also presents unique challenges, particularly when searching for appropriate resources. However, many children who are homeschooled thrive because of the one-on-one attention they receive and the personalized learning they can enjoy.

The most suitable homeschooling program for dyslexia often involves the use of an Orton-Gillingham reading curriculum, which is structured, multisensory, and repetitive, focusing on the connection between letters and sounds. Multisensory teaching activities, such as writing with various textures and incorporating movement, can enhance learning for dyslexic children.

Your child may require additional time and repetition to achieve mastery of essential reading and spelling skills. However they will be able to progress at their own pace, allowing for the necessary repetition and practice to accommodate their unique learning needs.

Homeschool resources: the list!

Fortunately, there are numerous resources available to assist homeschooling a child with dyslexia. The list below is only a drop in the ocean to what is available – but provides a great start! Click the links to purchase.

Touch-type, Read and Spell (TTRS) – We have tried many different touch typing course for all of our kids. While this is not a free course, it is without doubt the best one we’ve tried and well worth the money. It follows the Orton-Gillingham (multi-sensory) approach and helps kids to read as well as touch-type.

Readability – This is a great program for anyone homeschooling a child with dyslexia. Readability prompts your child to read aloud and offers real-time pronunciation correction. If they encounter difficulties, a simple tap on the speaker icon allows Readability to read the selected passage or word aloud. By automatically selecting appropriate reading material, Readability optimizes learning and reduces reading challenges. With vibrant illustrations and engaging grade-level stories, your child will be motivated to learn and improve their reading skills.

Toe-By-Toe – This book is designed for anyone who finds reading difficult. We used it with Ella and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Over 25 years of fieldwork went into the development. This research ensures that it really is easy to use and so very useful. What’s more, you don’t have to be trained to use it!

Enchanted Learning – This site offers free learning resources, lesson plans for homeschoolers and worksheets.

Physical resources:

Dyslexia Outside-the-Box: Equipping Dyslexic Kids to Thrive This is a great book for all homeschooling parents if one or more of your kids have dyslexia. It contains fun, easy tips and ideas for teaching as well as encouragement and advice.

Dyslexia Outside-the-Box: Equipping Dyslexic Kids to Not Just Survive but Thrive
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Nash, Beth Ellen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 238 Pages - 05/30/2017 (Publication Date) - Capucia Publishing (Publisher)

Learn to Read for Kids with Dyslexia: 101 Games and Activities to Teach Your Child to Read This book features some fun exercises to help kids (aged 7-12) with dyslexia to improve their reading skills

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Learn to Read for Kids with Dyslexia: 101 Games and Activities to Teach Your Child to Read
  • M.Ed., Hannah Braun (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 136 Pages - 10/30/2018 (Publication Date) - Callisto Kids (Publisher)

Finding My Superpower: A book for dyslexic thinkers This is a great book for kids. “Rather than teach them to see the world as it is, what if we inspire them to be who they were born to be… world changers.”

Finding My Superpower: A book for dyslexic thinkers
  • Prestidge, Sarah (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 28 Pages - 06/15/2021 (Publication Date) - The National Library of New Zealand (Publisher)
C-Pen reader

The C-Pen Reader functions much like a scanner but is designed in the shape of a pen. Its main purpose is to provide word definitions and read text aloud, primarily aimed at aiding individuals with dyslexia and other reading challenges, both children and adults alike. Operating it is straightforward – simply glide the pen across printed text. To order a C-Pen Reader, click here(#ad)

ReaderPen/C-Pen/Reading Support/Human Reader Alternative/Classroom aid
  • Reads scanned text aloud or via included headphones, nurturing reading independence
  • Provides a consistent language model for English language learners
  • Includes multiple built-in dictionaries (including the Oxford American Dictionary)
  • Stores scanned data to your device with the scan-to-file feature
  • Saves audio to review later, helping people with a limited working memory

 Homophones Flashcards

Mastering the English language is already a challenging task. Introduce dyslexia into the equation, and it can feel insurmountable! Dyslexic children have unique learning styles. As previously noted, employing a multi-sensory approach significantly enhances their retention of specific grammar concepts. Flashcards serve as an excellent tool for visual learners to grasp homophones—words that share pronunciation but differ in spelling. Click here to order set 1 and/or set 2 today(#ad)

I See, I Spell, I Learn - Picture Homophones Flashcards Set 1 (for Grades 1 to 4, Children with Dyslexia)
  • DISTINGUISH BETWEEN HOMOPHONES: To? Too? Two? - Picture Homophones are a fun and effective way to help children and adults differentiate between homophone pairs (words that sound the same but differ in meaning). Picture cues have been tested and proven effective to help a child understand and retain the difference between the homophones.
  • IMPROVE READING AND COMPREHENSION: Each word has a picture cue that is connected to the meaning of the word. This provides a context for the word and helps in reading as well as comprehension of the word. Children love using Picture Homophones as a fun way to learn these tricky words! The homophone is used in a sentence that puts the word into context and helps your child master reading with confidence.
  • IMPROVES SPELLING: Children (and adults) often confuse the spellings of homophones. It's hard to remember witch...oops..which way to spell the word. The picture in the word gives the brain a tangilbe visual to hold on to which helps to spell homophones correctly. Use practice Picture Homophones eWORKBOOKS based on these flashcards to further strengthen reading and spelling homophones.
  • EASY TO USE, DURABLE CARDS: Simple, uncluttered picture cues. Easy for parents to use at home, excellent resource for homeschooling, tutoring & learning centers, daycare centers for children K-5the grade. Also useful for English language learners (ELL).
  • EXCELLENT FOR CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA: Designed to complement any Orton Gillingham-based program. Visual and right-brained learners love these picture cards.
I See, I Spell, I Learn - Picture Homophones Flashcards Set 2 (for Grades 1 to 4, Children with Dyslexia)
  • DISTINGUISH BETWEEN HOMOPHONES: To? Too? Two? - Picture Homophones are a fun and effective way to help children and adults differentiate between homophone pairs (words that sound the same but differ in meaning). Picture cues have been tested and proven effective to help a child understand and retain the difference between the homophones.
  • IMPROVE READING AND COMPREHENSION: Each word has a picture cue that is connected to the meaning of the word. This provides a context for the word and helps in reading as well as comprehension of the word. Children love using Picture Homophones as a fun way to learn these tricky words! The homophone is used in a sentence that puts the word into context and helps your child master reading with confidence.
  • IMPROVES SPELLING: Children (and adults) often confuse the spellings of homophones. It's hard to remember witch...oops..which way to spell the word. The picture in the word gives the brain a tangilbe visual to hold on to which helps to spell homophones correctly. Use practice Picture Homophones eWORKBOOKS based on these flashcards to further strengthen reading and spelling homophones.
  • EASY TO USE, DURABLE CARDS: Simple, uncluttered picture cues. Easy for parents to use at home, excellent resource for homeschooling, tutoring & learning centers, daycare centers for children K-5the grade. Also useful for English language learners (ELL).
  • EXCELLENT FOR CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA: Designed to complement any Orton Gillingham-based program. Visual and right-brained learners love these picture cards.

Coloured overlays

Colored overlays offer a beneficial solution for children who find it difficult to read black text on white paper. This challenge is often experienced by children with dyslexia, but it can be easily addressed with colored overlays. For full A4 sheets, click here and click here for smaller paragraph overlays. (#ad)

12 Pieces Colored Overlays for Dyslexia, Dyslexia Reading Strips for Dyslexia Irlens, ADHD and Visual Stress, 11IN x 8.5IN
  • REDUCE READING STRESS - The color overlays for dyslexia permits a clearer field of vision, makes letters and words easier to see, reduce visual stress and tiredness, improve reader's concentration and make reading faster and more comfortable.
  • 12 PIECES DYSLEXIA OVERLAYS IN 6 COLORS - This package contains 6 colors, including red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink and Orange, two pieces each color, so you can quickly find out which colour benefits you the most. You can even use the overlays for dyslexia together to merge the colours to find what works best for you.
  • THIN FILM OF PROTECTIVE PLASTIC - Each sheet came with a protective cover on each side, make sure every single overlay is not scratched when arrived. The protective film should be removed before use.
  • 8.5IN, and sample coverage they offer make them suitable for a variety of texts and documents used in education, at home or in the work place and computer screen. These color overlays for reading could be cutted into smaller sections for other purposes.
  • IDEAL GIFT FOR ALL AGES - Dyslexia color overlays are useful and effective for whom is struggling due to dyslexia, helping them with reading problems to focus on the text. Perfect for educational use. Helps dyslexia focus on the written page and enhances reading ability.

Guided reading strips

Guided reading strips help readers concentrate on the sentence they’re reading without being distracted by surrounding words on the page. This focused approach is especially crucial for children who perceive letters on the page as ‘dancing,’ ‘moving,’ or ‘blurring,’ as it allows them to engage with small sections of text at a time. The 12-piece collection found here is great as for adding fun to reading and ideal for early readers (5-7 year olds). However the 16-piece collection is perfect for slightly older children (8-10 year olds) (#ad)

12 Pieces Guided Reading Highlight Strips with 2 Sizes Colored Overlay Highlight Bookmarks for Children and Teacher Supply Guided(6 Standard Size and 6 Large Size)
  • 2 Suitable Sizes: The bookmarks has 2 different sizes can meet your different needs,so you can choose the size according to your reading level.the small size can highlight 1 line, the large size can highlight 4-5 lines;big size is 19 x 7 cm/ 7.5 x 2.8 inches, the small size is 19 x 3.2 cm/ 7.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Make Reading Easier and convenience :designed with Colored Overlay ,also it could use as a bookmark, The gentle tinted color and Grey part block out other sentences help to reduce visual stress, and strengthens visual tracking skills, blocks distractions, helps focus and concentration,allowing you to read easier and more comfortably than ever
  • 6 Bright Colors:a total of 12 pieces guided reading strips, Large and standard bookmarks each have six bright colors (Red, Blue, Orange, Pink, Green and Yellow), 1 piece for each color, satisfy you needs for reading purpose, you can change them as you like
  • Durable quality:The bookmarks is made of quality PVC materials,durable and water resistant,easy to clean
  • Easy For Users: It is suitable for beginners and children who have just learned to read, as well as people with reading difficulties, especially children and teachers. Different sizes can be applied to all kinds of books, newspapers and so on. Bookmarks of suitable sizes can be choice according to the scope of the text content they read. It is more convenient to read and improves the reading ability
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16 Pieces Reading Guide Strips for Kids Dyslexia Tools Reading Rulers for Kids Children Highlighter Reading Trackers Teacher Education Classroom Supplies (Cute Style)
  • Package includes: you will receive 2 sets of 16 pieces reading guide strips, 8 different style in each set, the various bright colorful patterns and enough quantity will meet your needs
  • Cute reading strips: cartoon patterned overlays design, the colored transparent highlighter part of the reading guide strip helps the reader to track each sentence, facilitate the use of it in the process of reading, and increase the interest in reading
  • Applicable people: reading guide strips are suitable for people with reading difficulties, help them overcoming dyslexia and focus their concentration, good for the kindergarten kids and elementary students in grade 1 - 3 and to improve their reading comprehension skills
  • Suitable size: the size of the reading guide strip is 19 x 3.2 cm, fits most books, the guided reading strip also can be applied as a bookmark; Made of plastic material, water resistant and easy to clean, it is a good book accessory for reading lovers
  • Wide range of use: these reading guide strips also can be applied as classroom educational supplies for elementary teachers, help children with dyslexia in teaching activities, can be welcomed gifts for kids and adults

For more information on providing a dyslexia friendly classroom environment click here and for tips on how to teach a child with dyslexia, click here.

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