Dyslexia is known as a reading disability, but dyslexia affects students’ writing ability as well. There is often a huge difference between what the dyslexic student wants to say and what he or she actually writes.

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Our Homeschool Writing Curriculum is Dyslexia Friendly

  • Short, to-the-point video lessons
  • Students follow a step-by-step process to write well
  • Each step is a separate video lesson
  • Each video lesson is modeled by the teacher so students know exactly what to do
  • Each video lesson is short and to the point 
  • Each composition begins with a graphic organizer to help students get their thoughts on paper without having to write any sentences
  • Each composition is broken down into 5 steps (5 separate lessons)
  • Each lesson is on a different day

What Parents Need To Know About Teaching Kids With Dyslexia

If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia or has been referred for evaluation because he/she is showing signs of dyslexia,
teaching reading or writing will be a challenge. The dyslexic student often opposes learning to read and learning to
write because dyslexia affects “all things” language.
Three common signs of dyslexia:
  1. Early-on speech delay
  2. Difficulty learning alphabet and phonological awareness, ie rhyming
  3. Learning to read is labored and, fluency is slow

What is Dyslexia:

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin [born with it]. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.
These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.
Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” (International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, November 2002)

Because dyslexia is a language-based disorder, students will struggle with any element connected to language such as letters, letter sounds, words, reading, spelling, and writing. The standard learn-to-read and learn-to-write approach is often ineffective because it does not make the necessary modifications to assist with this learning disability. A common misconception is that dyslexia only affects the formation of letters or reading. Because we know that reading and writing go hand in hand due to their connection to language, students who have dyslexia may struggle with writing as well as reading.

Teaching Kids How To Write Using Essentials In Writing Curriculum

Essentials in Writing is a video-based homeschool writing curriculum
which includes student textbook complete with graphic organizers and large text.
This homeschool writing curriculum is organized in a way
that understands how kids with dyslexia learn best.

Essentials in Writing is everything dyslexic students need when learning to write:

  • Students with dyslexia need a systematic approach to writing they can follow every time they write. 
  • They need short, bite-sized lessons with immediate application.
  • They need someone to show them what each step looks like every time they write. 
  • They need graphic organizers that include everything they need for a composition. 
  • They need organizing thoughts and writing to be separate activities. 
  • They need to focus on a short amount of information at a time.  

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Our Stories


“My dyslexic fourth grader hated language arts and it was always a struggle to get her to write even one sentence…now she comes to me and asks me to listen to the stories she has written HERSELF! Without Essentials in Writing, this would have never happened. We love EIW!!


We have not been officially diagnosed, but we have all the red flags of dyslexia, and I can say it works very well for us. Each lesson is very well organized, and the info provided in each lesson is not overwhelming, very small parts of info introduced in each lesson which build upon each other. Kids will learn a whole concept, but it’s broken into small chunks, and it’s only introduced one part at a time. My child no longer gets overwhelmed, frustrated, confused, and lost. He has completed level 2 and about to finish level 3. I really don’t know what I would have done without EIW if I hadn’t found it.


I will be teaching writing at a co-op this year, and I want to use Essentials in Writing. My son started EIW in level 7, and he had struggled so much with writing. He has dyslexia and dysgraphia and writing a paragraph was torture. Since we started this program, he is doing so much better. He is now in level 10 and is writing essays easily. He still doesn’t love writing, but he knows the steps and the graphic organizers are very helpful for him to get his thoughts down first before he starts to write. Thank you Mr. Stephens!