The great thing about homeschooling is that you can choose a formal curriculum, none at all, or mix and match where you see fit. For many considering homeschooling for the first time, the last two options may seem daunting. This week, I want to recommend my top research based curriculum choices for language, written and math based disabilities. Please remember that no one curriculum works perfectly for every child or even for every teacher/parent. I highly recommend attending a homeschool convention before purchasing. Most conventions will have a curriculum room with vendors and materials on site. This allows you to see the items in person and ask questions directly. If you are unable to attend a conference, contact your state homeschooling organization. Most of these will have an office with limited curriculum on hand. My last bit of advice is – don’t be afraid to stop using a curriculum that is not a good fit and try something else. The good thing about homeschooling is that you are no longer under the same hard timelines as the public school system. You can do school year round or take breaks outside of the traditional timelines. Take all the time you need to figure out what works best for your own teaching style and your child’s learning style.
For students with Dyslexia/Dysgraphia – I recommend language curriculum that focuses on an Orton Gillingham methodology. You can purchase many of these or find a tutor to work directly with your child.
All About Reading/All About Spelling
AaBeCeDarian Reading Program
The New Herman Reading Method
SPIRE Reading Program
Handwriting Without Tears
Speak to Text programs
For students with Dyscalculia (Math Based). In addition to the below curriculums, I highly recommend playing math games. These can range from playing various games including card, board, dice, math riddles, and math based story books. The more engaging you can make it for the student, the better.
Ronit Bird Math Program
Lastly, I recommend being cautious when considering any of the large all subject encompassing boxed curriculums that are branded for kids with specific disabilities. Every child is different, just as the extent of their challenge areas. Try not to confine your student in all areas, but find specific research based curriculum for their disability area that will allow them to flourish and make progress.
Editor’s Note- I am so honored to have Ms. Wright share with us, I have known her for over 6 years and truly admire all she is doing! Alycia Wright, M.Ed. is a former Special Educator turned homeschool mom of four daughters living in Glen Allen, Va.