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    I'm so thrilled to be able to share with you a project I've been working on for probably going on two years now. I've recently completed an eBook about the things I've learned over the last 10 years about homeschooling a child with dyslexia. Thanks to the sponsorship of Time4Learning Online Curriculum, I'm also able to share the eBook completely free of charge, so BIG thanks to T4L!! My eBook, Successfully Homeschooling a Child With Dyslexia, is available to view on site, or as a pdf download.

    Parents who have chosen to educate their children at home can often feel overwhelmed when they discover that one or more of their children has a learning challenge. Within the eBook, I try to alleviate parents concerns and encourage them by sharing my successes with my own son. I want parents to know that homeschooling a child with dyslexia is not only possible, but can often be the very best choice for a child.

    Every child is different, but there is no better teacher student ratio than the one-to-one attention a child receives by learning at home. And I’ve come to realize that you don’t have to have a degree in special education to help a child with dyslexia. You simply have to have knowledge of the resources available, knowledge of how your child best learns, and the desire to help.

    Within the eBook you will find information on:

    • Recognizing your child’s learning style
    • Dealing with the emotions and feelings related to having (or parenting a child with) dyslexia
    • Reading and writing intervention programs
    • Assistive technology
    • Reading therapists or dyslexia specialists
    • Organizational tips

    The dyslexia eBook deals with how a homeschooling parent can help a child in their own home, but also provides information on what outside help is available. “Successfully Homeschooling Your Child with Dyslexia” also includes an appendix linking to many of the most helpful resources, websites, and tools on the Web. ...
    Published on 05-01-2012 08:53 AM
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    Many homeschooling parents look for guidance when it comes to teaching their children how to write: “When should I start teaching my child to write?” “How can I motivate my middle schooler to improve his writing skills?” “How can I help my child overcome her writing challenges?” Many would agree a successful homeschool curriculum must have a strong commitment to writing at its core. And, with growing interest in distance learning that supports “writing across the curriculum,” the need for information regarding how best to teach writing is even more pressing. In the following article, Oak Meadow faculty members answer these questions and more.

    Q: At which age/developmental stage do you think it’s most appropriate to introduce writing skills?

    A: The time to introduce writing varies with each child. The act of writing often begins with a preschool child in the form of lines and shapes. This changes into random letters, then moves forward to include the child’s name, as well as the names of other members in the family. The interest in spelling words properly often follows soon after. One significant factor is how the child grips the writing implement (crayon, pencil, etc.). This is an indication of advancement in the fine motor skills, and if the child is ready to write. If help is needed in this area, then it is good to introduce activities that enhance the fine motor skill development. Simple exercises for inspiring and encouraging writing at a young age include stringing beads, working with pegged puzzles, playing board games with moving pieces, tying shoes, holding utensils, drawing and painting pictures, etc. When the ability and the interest to write is present in a child, then it’s good to practice writing on a daily basis, even if it starts out in very small quantities.

    Q: What are some of the greatest challenges in teaching writing to 5th-8th graders?

    A: One of the biggest challenges is getting a student to understand that writing is a process that takes years to get “good” at. From 5th to 8th grade is a long time and each year the student improves. Parents and students should think of this as practice time! Just like soccer or painting or playing an instrument, the writing skills need
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    Yearning for the educational freedom and flexibility to explore your interests, talents, and passions? Oak Meadow’s creative, secular homeschooling curriculum for kindergarten to grade 12 may be just what you’ve been seeking.

    Their student-centered, ...
    Published on 01-04-2012 05:19 AM
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    The American School, which offers two accredited high school diploma programs as well as individual courses for credit recovery or personal enrichment, has a 115-year history of offering courses and programs that fit the needs of ...
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