Jul 272014
 

I’ve listed some of the Best Homeschool Curriculum for ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities. Most kids will enjoy these programs as learning tools whether they have dyslexia or not!

Be sure to check out the additional resource pages listed below to explore all of your options.

At the end of this page, you will also find links to pages that provide information about specific programs recommended for teaching reading, writing, and math to children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and other specific learning disabilities.

Even if your child struggles with reading, math, or some other specific area, there is no reason he can’t study the same content areas as peers who have no learning differences. Some children with learning difficulties are actually gifted in areas of non-disability.

I’ve listed several providers of  homeschooling curriculum, but please be aware: some of these providers have comprehensive home school curriculum and others are primarily “pick and choose” providers where the content is in a format that is easy for your child to use, but not necessarily organized in a structured, daily lesson format.

Homeschooling Curriculum for Developing Core Academic Skills in Kids with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, or ADHD

If your child has a specific learning disability and you need a remediation program, please check out these four pages for SPECIFIC pages for programs that will help you teach your child the core Academic Skills. The general curriculum programs follow these four remedial page links.

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Three of the Best Homeschool Curriculum for ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities: General Curricula in Audio Visual Format

1) Odysseyware offered by Global Student Network provides lessons that include video (audio-visual) format, audio reading, and text-to-speech with animated highlighting that will help children with dyslexia or ADHD see the words as the speaker is speaking about the topic.

Global Student NetworkResearch shows that children with ADHD benefit from audiobooks as much as children with dyslexia. Therefore, since Odysseyware has the text-to-speech function like an audiobook, the program can be beneficial for kids with ADHD or dyslexia, or both!

Odysseyware offered by Global Student Network provides a highly effective online visual learning solution for students children of school age with Dyslexia. Odysseyware offered by Global Student Network (GEN) provides online educational learning modules with videos for children and students in through grades 3-12 (3rd through 12th). The GEN offering provides a one year subscription for an unlimited number of courses for your child. You’ll want to note that there are several ADDITIONAL learning platforms available through the GEN, but I believe the Odysseyware is the best option for Learning Abled Kids.

What makes Odysseyware educational programming unique is that they provide highlighted-text-to-speech for the text within the course content. All your child has to do is press a button to have the text read to him. The highlighting of the words will help your child SEE the words as he hears them.

This provides your child with the choice of reading lessons, listening to them, or reading along with the highlighted text presentation. The included videos enable your child to learn in the manner that best suits him, if audio and visual best suits your child’s preferred learning style and individual abilities.

2) Adaptive Curriculum (AC) for Science and Math

AC provides interactive science and math programming based upon researched and proven practices for effective teaching and learning.  Each module follows a best practices progression for teaching to enhance your child’s engagement with the content.

The modules are all audio-visual in nature.  They are narrated with clear visual representations to help students understand the topic.  The AC programs are ideal for auditory and/or visual learners, and the units have interactive activities to help with learner engagement.  The interactive elements will be helpful for students who have a kinesthetic/tactile learning preference, more so than most curricula, but the activities are primarily of a point-and-click or drag-and-drop nature.

The AC programs can be purchased for High School and Middle School math or science subjects.  The link above is a direct link to their store, but if you’d like to try out their demo or look at the basis for the product development, you’ll want to visit their main site at http://www.adaptivecurriculum.com/us/.

3) The Monarch™ Online Homeschool Curriculum provides a multi-dimensional learning experience that can be ideal for a child with ADHD or dyslexia.

Monarch seeks to engage students with cutting-edge, media-rich lessons infused with movie clips, animations, learning games, audio clips, and web-related links.  One of the best aspects of Monarch is that it IS organized as a daily lesson-based program and is specifically developed for homeschooling families.

Although Monarch was not designed specifically for children with learning disabilities, the audio-visual elements in the program will provide great accessibility to the content.  You can also use a text-to-speech function to have the text-based content read aloud to your child.  That can be a great benefit to a child with dyslexia who would like to work more independently.

Monarch was born out of the Switched On Schoolhouse program, which we used with our sons who have ADHD and dyslexia.  The content added to Monarch makes it one of the best, most media rich options for homeschooling a child with a learning disability.

Also be CERTAIN to check out these three webpages here on Learning Abled Kids:

Free Multisensory Curriculum Online,

Home School Curriculum for Learning Disabilities,

and

Scientifically Proven Orton-Gillingham Reading Programs to Overcome Dyslexia.

Additional Curriculum Recommendations for Homeschooling Children with Dyslexia

K5 Stars:  If you have an early elementary aged child and would like to start your child with fun early learning activities, K5 Stars has lots of fun learning games for elementary aged children. This program is an excellent investment. Rather than have your child play mindless video games, K5 Stars is an engaging learning environment with over 300 online games where kids can have fun and learn simultaneously.

For our homeschool, we have one child who LOVES the computer and wanted to do as much schoolwork on the computer as possible.  In addition to the resources below, be SURE to check out Free Multisensory Curriculum Online and  the “Home School Curriculum for Learning Disabilities” Resource pages for a wider variety of options.

Thinkwell – Thinkwell provides online multimedia courses with teaching CD-Roms. They primarily have science and math courses, but also have American Government and Public Speaking. The courses require an online “access key”, so you’ll need to purchase a new course for each child unless you don’t care about the interactive quizzes and questions. They have a free trial, so you’ll want to check that out to see if the Thinkwell style of teaching will suit your child.

Educational Jumbo Workbooks for early learning – Modern early education theories stress the importance of providing children with activities they can enjoy and accomplish at their own pace. The 5 jumbo workbooks have been developed with this in mind. Each book provides an enriching and highly creative learning environment which lays the foundation for formal schooling without the pressure of a formal learning program.  These workbooks are not heavy duty curricula, but they do provide a more-fun-than-usual type of workbook experience if you’d like to have your child practice with more typical school-based worksheets. (Good as a supplement)

One option my youngest son (ADHD) liked is Time4Learning, which offers a free trial that is great for seeing whether the program is one your child will like. This is an online home school curriculum that combines education with interactive fun. It teaches language arts, math, science, and social studies, for preschool through eighth grade and gives students independence as they progress at their own pace. The Time4Learning curriculum has engaging content, which helps motivate children to learn, particularly those who are unmotivated by “traditional” school materials.  The Time4Learning platform is very similar to Odysseyware above.

We also used Switched On Schoolhouse extensively, which is comprehensive curriculum, but it is provided on CD-roms rather than online like Monarch (listed above). Switched On Schoolhouse has built in games, video presentations, comical skits, interactive problems, and other features that make it a great tool for visual learners. Although a lot of the content is presented through text, the new Switched On Schoolhouse software version has a built in text reader for students who are not proficient readers (yet ;-). The text reader requires the child to highlight the text, then press the read aloud button. It is a great tool for struggling readers. Please note that Switched On Schoolhouse is published by a Christian publishing company and does have Christian religious principles. If you want Christianity built into the teaching materials you use,
Switched On Schoolhouse
is an great program.

At the high school level, we have used several of the lecture series from The Teaching Company. Their lectures cover all of the traditional high school subjects and are great practice for students in preparation for college coursework. We used their Astronomy, Geology, Calculus, Statistics, Music, World History, and other lecture series. The lecture DVDs along with the accompanying books make from The Teaching Company courses comprehensive by most any standard.

**Christian Book Distributors is an excellent, low-cost provider of a wide variety of books and other curriculum materials. Even if you don’t profess to be a Christian, don’t let that stop you from visiting this great homeschool curriculum provider…Most of the products they carry are available in the general marketplace, in any homeschool store, but you will find many resources at a deep discount price. Of course, if you are a Christian, you will be elated that you can find Christianity-based products here too. It is a great place to find everything you need in

Brightstorm is a GREAT choice if you have a child who prefers an audio-visual presentation.  They have 3,000+ entertaining videos in a wide variety of topics for high school level students.  There is a small monthly fee for membership, but the cost is low and worthwhile for quality audio-visual content that will meet your child’s needs.

Scholastic Books are familiar to virtually everyone. Scholastic has a large volume of well-known books available in less expensive paperback versions. Many of the books used for classic literature are available at a very reasonable price through Scholastic. Look specifically at the Reading Level for the books and pick books at your child’s reading level.  These books are great for reading practice at your child’s current reading level. You can’t beat Scholastic for bargain books!

**Sonlight Curriculum is a terrific, literature based, comprehensive curriculum provider which explores our world and history deeper than most providers. The books used are engaging and some of the best literature available. My kids chant, “Read More! Read More!”, which is music to a home schooling mom’s ears. We love Sonlight, but please be aware–this is a very reading intensive curriculum.  It is not one a child with dyslexia will be able to use independently.  We bought the Sonlight level that was two grade-levels BELOW my son’s current grade level to use for his reading practice.  Because the stories were engaging, the readers made for great reading practice.

Common Sense Press – Curriculum materials in language arts and science that emphasize hands-on activities. These programs are awesome for tactile or hands on learners and ideal for kids with ADHD.

Sing ‘n Learn – Home school educational curriculum based on learning through song.  If your child loves music, give this program a try for fact based learning!  It’s a fun way to learn, particularly for auditory learners.

Traditional Homeschool Curriculum Providers:

Accelerated Achievement – Complete K-12 curriculum.

Waldorf Homeschooling – Homeschooling curriculum support and home teacher consultation for Waldorf-inspired families.

An Old-Fashioned Education – Free homeschooling texts, full curriculum and resources for grades K-12 using free, downloadable public domain books.

Connect The Thoughts – Secular but religion-friendly core homeschool curriculum for ages 5-adult, K-12 – At last check, there was NO Math provided.

Robinson Curriculum – K-12 self-teaching curriculum consisting of 22 CD-ROMs.

Five in A Row Literature-Based Studies – Requires the addition of  arithmetic and the trio subjects grammar/spelling/penmanship, but provides other content curricula.

Moving Beyond the Page – Complete, literature-based homeschool curriculum that encourages critical thinking and creativity.

**Farm Country General Store doesn’t sound like a curriculum provider, but they are. FCGS has a variety of books on a variety of subjects, but they also have products for active learning, like seeds, art supplies, counting sets, etc. The mix of products is eclectic, fun to explore, and it’s a great place to find treasures for teaching.

**Rainbow Resource – If you want it, and it has to do with home schooling, they’ve probably got it. The catalog is as thick as an Atlanta, Georgia Phonebook (which is THICK), and has books, learning tools, software, etc. Just about any kind of curriculum imaginable can be found through Rainbow Resource, and products are listed at a relatively low price.

Sandy

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