Here’s the module on Homeschooling Writing!
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.
Presentation in PDF: HERE.
Example of Air Writing in a Slingerland Classroom
Here we go – last module!
We believe that assistive technology can have a powerful positive effect on education…especially for homeschooling students.
If you have any questions, post them in the Private Homeschooling Discussion Forum HERE: https://www.dyslexicadvantage.org/forums/forum/homeschoolers-forum/
Download Presentation in PDF HERE.
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.
Voice Dream Reader – sample of Premium Voices
Information video about Touch Type Read and Spell
Welcome to the Homeschooling Math Lesson!
Although this may seem to be an overwhelming subject,there are tremendous programs that can your student more support that is usually found in a traditional classroom.
Presentation in PDF: HERE.
Literacy Strategies for Improving Math Instruction Helpful, but thin book on areas of language that can contribute to confusion among dyslexic students.
Cracking the Vocabulary Code in Math (free online paper)
Analyzing Math Problems Video:
I used this program for addition and subtraction facts.
I used this program for multiplication and division facts.
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.
I think a lot of students like twisting off these blocks or beads. We didn’t use them though.
Online free manipulatives. Toy Theater has a wide assortment.
There’s a slide show at the link above. Here is a youtube video about some of the materials.
Montessori Math supplies
There are many supplies or Montessori materials, this is just one vendor.
Concrete Representational Abstract – Tapping into Teen Minds
There are many sites discussing the CRA approach for students. This link has some nice examples and graphics.
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.
Zearn seems to be very popular and it’s free! Only K-5 so far. Uses CRA including visuals and manipulatives. Videos as well as downloadable worksheets.
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.
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!
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 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.
Welcome to the Reading Lesson!
Below all the videos, I ‘ll put links to the resources mentioned in this talk!
Download slides from this presentation HERE.
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
Here are the links for this lecture:
Here is a helpful video about the phonograms in Logic of English.
Here is a free app with phonograms: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/phonics-with-phonograms-by-logic-of-english/id604337610
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.
Neurolearning.com Dyslexia Screening App – can qualify for free ebooks from Bookshare
Wilson Reading System: https://www.wilsonlanguage.com/programs/wilson-reading-system/
Welcome to Homeschooling and Dyslexia!
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.
Here is a link to the Q & A forum: https://www.dyslexicadvantage.org/forums/forum/homeschoolers-forum/ The link is also located under the Homeschooling tab in the menu bar.
Presentation in PDF: HERE
Here are some of the resources mentioned in this first lecture:
Tax Deductions for Educational Materials for Students with Learning Disabilities:
Here’s our final lecture. I hope you enjoyed the course and have useful strategies for your classroom.
Stay in touch and let me know if you have any suggestions for future version of this course!
Here’s a copy of this week’s module in pdf: Module 10.pdf
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES BELOW (not required)
Here’s Carol Dweck in a TED talk talking about the importance of believing that you can improve (growth mindset).
The focus on this module is dyslexia and memory. I hope you’ll learn some helpful information that helps you understand your memory preferences as well!
Here are this module’s slides in pdf: Module 8.pdf
Here are the slides of this week module in pdf: Module 6.pdf
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES BELOW (these are not required)
This second video is a wonderful webinar that Dr. Charlie Haynes (from Massachusetts General Hospital) gave us on writing and dyslexia. There are no assignments this week based on this webinar, but I recommend it to you if you are able to watch. What I especially liked about his presentation is how he recognized that dyslexic writers need more scaffolded work at the sentence level. He also used pictures and class discussions to prime the pump for students to write. This video is also downloadable in case you’d like to save it to refer to later.
This week we’re covering the topic of WORKING MEMORY. If you really understand it, you can really boost the performance of your students in class.
Here’s this week’s slides in pdf: Module Week 5
This week we’re going to take a bird’s eye view of specific dyslexia remediation. Some school districts may have adopted a structured literacy approach for all early elementary school classes, whereas for the majority, it exists for students who have pullout remediation.
The first video provides some examples of programs that provide explicit structured multi sensory remediation. If you’re not familiar with the programs, you can see how rigorous and detailed these structured literacy programs are.
Remember to expand the video using the button that has 4 arrows on it. It’s to the immediate left of the vimeo logo. Let me know if you can’t find the button. Unfortunately, it may be hard to see what’s projected on the board, but I mainly wanted to share this to give you an idea of how intensive the remediation is at the level of word sounds.
Thanks also to Emily from our parallel class at SPU who pointed out that the teacher may have accidentally added the schwa “uh” sound when trying to model the ‘b’ sound. It’s really easy to do – but it can cause confusion with children just learning to read.
The ‘b’ sound is a stop sound which means it should stop quickly rather than sounding like b-uh. If students learn it as “b-uh”, then when they sound out the word ‘book’, it will sound like ‘buh-ook’ rather than ‘book’. To avoid this mistake, check out this link and watch the video as Jessica demonstrates the correct sounds. Another video with correct sound pronunciation and visual mnemonic flashcards can be found here.
When students don’t seem to be able to catch on to reading with typical phonics and balanced literacy instruction in classes, then chances are they need this more rigorous and explicit instruction that will help them become fluent readers, spellers, and writers.
The second video talks about the difference between structured literacy and typical literacy programs like balanced literacy. There is nothing wrong with typical reading programs in general – it’s just that for many dyslexic students, they aren’t enough. If these students are ever to develop a level of automaticity and fluency with their reading, they may need structured literacy – and then the earlier the better.
Read more on this topic here ( structured literacy vs. typical learning practices).
SPU-Week3B.pdf in pdf format.