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:
- Early-on speech delay
- Difficulty learning alphabet and phonological awareness, ie rhyming
- 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.