Tara watched her 14 year old daughter, Haley, get out of the car. She threw her backpack over her shoulder and waved back at her mom then walked over to a set of large double doors. She entered the building but not before turning back to wave at her mom. The person who had made sure she didn’t give up. The one who gave her the chance to do what she loved. Theater.
Tech week was almost over . Tara knew Haley would be sad when the play was over. She always was. But today the teenager was electric with excitement. Only three more days and she would show the world, or at least some of the town, what a good actress she was. And she was good. She was smart. But coming to recognize that hadn’t been an easy path.
Tara thought back to the day she learned that Haley’s problems with schoolwork were due to dyslexia. The news had forced Tara into a new way of approaching education. After years of homeschooling her other children she was thrown for a loop. Haley was 9 years old and could barely read a short vowel word. Humbled to discover that she didn’t have a handle on how to address Haley’s challenges Tara decided that she would just have to learn how to teach a child with Haley’s disorder. And that’s exactly what she did. She also found a tutor for Haley and soon both she and her daughter were entering into a whole new way of learning.
Now here she was several years later dropping off the same child, who had barely been able to read, for her last few rehearsals of “Peter Pan”. The same child who would look up in tears after a lesson and say, “Mom face it. I’m just stupid.” The same child who was strong enough to push past her frustration and work 100 times harder than other kids had to work because she wanted to be able to read.
The same child who just read and memorized every line for her role as Wendy…
The same child who was no longer the same because of what she had been through to get to where she now was.
Can you believe the summer is almost over?
I walked into the grocery store the other day and there was an entire aisle telling me it is time to get school supplies. My kids actually love school supplies. Pencils, notebooks, staplers, etc.
For those of us who homeschool we also are looking for the best places to buy curriculum at the best prices. When you are teaching a learning challenged child you have to be very intentional. I prefer to find curriculum and books that help my child continue to move forward while covering as many subjects as possible. It’s more attainable for him.
I am always looking for decodeable reading material that covers science and history so I can kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. Products like Endangered Animals By We Both Read fill the bill perfectly. This is a brilliant series where you take turns reading with your child. I used these even when Zane was a bit older but was still working on fluency due to the struggles he has with dyslexia. In fact I wish I had known about these titles for all of my children. They would have enjoyed reading this way.
Are you on the hunt for this school year’s curriculum like I have been? Here are a few resources that may help (This is only a drop in the bucket of possibilities, but it is a start).
In this post I will be sharing some of my favorite websites for your consideration. Every one of these sites has products that can help you teach children with and without learning disorders. Not all of these sites are affiliates I work with but they are all worth taking a look at.
Let’s get started.
Okay, you probably already buy from Amazon regularly. They have one of the most extensive collections of homeschool products out there. And one of the great things is you often can save even more by finding something in used condition. I love their selection of educational, games, toys, readers, manipulatives, and yes, curriculum.
2. Educents –
This site sells some of the more popular homeschool curriculum. But I like them for the products that have been created by other teachers and home educators. Zane worked through Zoo Studies last summer to keep his mental juices flowing. Whenever I find supplements with photographs instead of childlike drawings I get excited and this one had that. He loves animals so this was a great choice for him. Perhaps you can find some things that are a great fit for one of your children.
3. All About Learning –
This is the home of the excellent reading and spelling curriculum by Marie Ripple, All About Reading and All About Spelling. She has created a parent friendly multisensory resource that takes the guess work away for parents who are feeling intimidated by teaching their dyslexic student. But don’t assume her stuff is only for struggling students. Her products are effective for any child learning to read and spell. Not only that, her site is loaded with FREE printables, excellent blog articles and so much more. I’m not sure how she finds the time to offer all that she does but I’m glad for it. CHECK IT OUT.
I have used this company’s books for over 20 years. I am a firm believer that critical thinking skills are crucial. They have books that focus on figurative and require less reading and writing. This past year I used several of their resources especially for my teenagers. They have products that cover just about every subject and age level. This coming year Zane is using their World History Detective.
5. EPS –
This site has been providing teachers with resources geared to special needs for over 60 years. Loaded with Orton-Gillingham based literacy programs, math resources, and much more. Keep in mind that these products are geared to parochial school teachers. But they do sell to individuals and their products are tested for results. I used several items from them when I was teaching Josef.
I have been buying curriculum from this site for decades. They have one of the largest selections of homeschool materials around and like Amazon you can often look inside of the curriculum to get an idea of what the product is like. Some of these larger sites can be overwhelming because they carry so many choices.
I realize this is just the tip of the iceberg where homeschool sites are concerned. But if you are just beginning on the journey of homeschooling your struggling child, this will give you a strong start.
Until Next Time…
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