Classical Conversations: Modifications for Doing the Challenge Program with a Learning Disability

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My 10th grade son started the Classical Conversations Challenge program last year–in Challenge III. This is a pretty rigorous program for any student, and it was a bit daunting for him to start there, with no previous challenge background (we have a new challenge program on our campus). Also, he has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and slow [...]

Classical Conversations Challenge Program with a Learning Disability

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After a year of Classical Conversations with my younger set we decided to take the plunge and enroll two of our older boys in the Challenge Program, which was new on our campus last fall. Our 10th grader was in Challenge III and our 8th grader was in Challenge A. Challenge A and B are for [...]

The Dyslexic and High School

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I have written many posts about homeschooling my dyslexic child through elementary school, but very little about high school. We adopted a child with special needs two years ago and I stopped blogging, due to time constraints. I have fielded several questions recently about homeschooling my dyslexic child in high school, so I am going [...]

Homeschooling a Child with a Learning Disability

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Homeschooling my oldest son has always been a breeze.  He learned to read when he was 3, and my greatest educational challenge with him was poor penmanship. I was not prepared for the struggles I faced with our second son.  He wasn’t ready to read at age 3. Or at age 4. Or at 5. [...]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Technology

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Ipod: I could write a whole post on the iPod and great apps for dyslexics (and I will try to do so soon!), but for the sake of brevity I will just say that my dyslexic son uses his iPod daily for school.  He can write emails using voice commands (eliminating the need for typing). [...]

Resources for the Dyslexic Child

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UPDATE: This resource list has become so long over the years that I have decided to break it up by subject as a series of posts.  The posts in this resource series are linked below. Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Phonics and Early Readers Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Spelling Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Handwriting and Copywork [...]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Handwriting and Copy Work

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HAND WRITING: Dyslexic children often reverse letters, writing b instead of d and so forth.  Our son did just that.  We switched him to Cursive First and the problem was immediately eliminated.  Cursive First is a handwriting program that teaches children how to write cursive.  It is intended to be used before they learn to print. [...]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: History, Literature, and Science

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HISTORY AND LITERATURE: Our son gets most of his history and literature content for both school and pleasure through audio books.  As I explained in an earlier post, the discrepancy between what a dyslexic person can understand when listening verses reading is often huge.  When our son was tested he could process 8 grade levels higher [...]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Grammar and Latin

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GRAMMAR: We use the grammar series from Peace Hill Press, written by Susan Wise Bauer and her mother Jessie Wise.  When my dyslexic son was in 4th grade we did the book First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind (aimed at 1st and 2nd graders).  This book is meant to take two years but we were easily [...]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Phonics and Early Readers

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  The people behind All About Spelling (AAS) have released a new program called All About Reading (AAR).  This program is geared specifically toward teaching reading to the dyslexic student. Oh, how I wish it had been available a few years ago when we were struggling!  I am using AAR with one of my younger children, who [...]