Writing can be one of the most challenging tasks that dyslexic students ever face, but with it can also be students’ greatest strengths. Take the long view of writing. The most difficult time is at the beginning. Your students have important things to say and you will be able to help unlock this ability.
I’ve recently heard about a competitor to Voice Dream and that’s Captivoice. One of the main advantages of Captivoice is that there’s a desktop version that doesn’t require connection to the Internet. Voice Dream is mobile online. Captivoice also has some nice translation features, vocabulary learning, and features specifically for teachers that help them monitor how their students are using the app.
I used this program for multiplication and division facts.
Singapore Math There are many homeschooling suppliers who also sell Singapore Math books. I chose this link because there are many examples of the different curricula. We used Primary Mathematics in the early grades.
My kids got the idea of solving for x when they were just 2nd grade and up. This boosted the moral of my son who struggled mightily doing simple calculations. We just did a little bit, but when he had to do Algebra for real, it was a lot easier.
I had read somewhere from an Aleks tutor that if the system asks you, “Do you want to practice more?” Say yes once and it will reduce your exposure to future exposure to more practice. The next time you log on, it gives you more practice problems for what you just learned, but the repetition is mercifully shorter if you elect to practice 1 more time before logging off. Aleks is no-frills but definitely more patient than this mom. Aleks was initially developed by the University of California at Irvine. Another potential upside of using this as your math learning and practice is that many colleges and universities use Aleks for math placement.
ACE credits I think were initially created to help military personnel quickly get credits for college. Many community colleges accept them, but 4-year colleges may not. What we were thinking of doing (but ultimately didn’t have to), was getting the community college credits from the ACE through ALEKS, then seeing if the college accepted community college credits.
Math U See I’ve heard many homeschoolers over the years who liked this program. At the time when we looked at it, it wasn’t a match for us – there were too many videos for my taste to learn how to use, but you might like it. Some tutors also use this program. It is multisensory.
This is another product popular with homeschoolers. Understanding math in the real world is definitely a good thing. I do think some people question whether the program is comprehensive or proceeds too slowly. The program might especially be valuable for students with bad experiences in math / math anxiety.
Maths Explained This is Steve Chinn’s video tutorial site. Steve has been teaching dyslexic student for decades and has authored some of the best books on the subject. Having a subscription to his site, plus working through a curriculum is reasonable option for homeschooling math. I contact Steve and he also shared that site comes with downloadable sheets that homeschoolers could use to work through problems.
Custom Graph Paper Generator Most dyslexic students benefit by working through problems on graph paper. Customize the size and print out the pdf at home using this free online graph paper generator from Incompetech.
Photomath This app can be especially valuable if you want to help your student, but don’t know how to solve it, step-by-step. Take a picture of a problem and the app will give a step-by-step solution. This app can be misused by students who copy the answers, so beware!
Modmath This is a free iPad app designed for dyslexic and dysgraphic students. You can set up and solve problems on the ipad without pencil or paper.Socratic
Socratic Socratic is a free Google AI-powered homework helper that uses both voice recognition an text to help solve problems in math, science, social studies, literature, and more. The app provides visual explanations of concepts for a wide range of subjects.
Here’s an example of a homeschool mom teaching an early structured literacy lesson using the curriculum All About Reading.
Here’s a teacher describing some fun activites for repeated reading.
Here’s what you might hear when you’re listening to a student’s repeated reading.
Here’s an example of the online platform called Whizzimo. It’s especially helpful for tutors, but if you have a family member who is located remotely, this can be helpful too – all the lessons and materials are loaded into the platform.
I recently spoke with Tom Guyer, adult dyslexic and CEO of Winsor Learning which produces the Sonday System. They have a great new online option that can be used parents working at home with their child or a grandparent or other family member or tutor working with a student remotely. The interface is clean and uncluttered and the Sonday System uses picture cues associated with sounds which distinguish it from some curricula and also some songs. A homeschooling parent can read off the screen and advance the displays that a student sees. There are placement tests and multiple levels within Sonday 1 and 2 which may help families with several dyslexic students.The curriculum is also available in paper format.
If your student may be prone to visual overload or learn especially well by pictures, then Sonday may be good choice for you. Students with ADD, visual overload, or dyspraxia, may find moving around the tiles confusing or unhelpful for memory. The Sonday System is designed for straightforward use and does not require advanced training. There are video lessons and sound files and everything you need to teach the program. See below
Barton Reading and Spelling I contacted Susan Barton about resources for homeschoolers and she said that there is a homeschooling training DVD series that contains 6 hours of step-by-step instructions. It’s also possible to watch all the instructions on streaming video. For teachers and tutors, there is a great remote tutoring option. There is a demo video on the site.
Lindamood Bell LIPS LIPS is especially helpful for students with auditory processing difficulties. It does require a bit more training than other structured literacy programs, but there are tutors who tutor the program remotely.
This course consists of video lectures and a Question and Answer forum. I will also periodically host Zoom conferences for live Q & A. If you have any questions, try post them in the forum first because other will probably learn from the reply.
My plan is to launch the course in August, but I know many of you are actively research your options, so I’ve opened the course and have only just added Modules 1 and 2. I will be adding Modules as soon as I complete them.
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