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!

When picking the best Homeschool Curriculum for ADHD, Dyslexia, & LDs for YOUR child, you’ll want to pay attention to the additional resource pages listed below. You’ll want to explore all of your options to pick the best solution for YOUR child. What works for everyone else may not work for your child.

At the end of this page, you’ll also find links to pages with information about specific programs. They are suggestions for teaching reading, writing, and math to children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and other specific learning disabilities. That information is especially important for helping your child overcome his specific areas of disability.

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!

I’ve listed several providers of the best homeschool curriculum for ADHD and other learning disabilities. However, please be aware: some of these providers have comprehensive home school curriculum. 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.

Best Homeschool curriculum for ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, etc. for Developing Core Academic Skills

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. They will help you teach your child the core Academic Skills. The general curriculum programs follow these four remedial page links.

Reading –

Scientifically Proven Orton-Gillingham Reading Programs to Overcome Dyslexia

Math –

Math Curriculum for Dyscalculia and Homeschooling

Spelling –

Spelling Programs for Homeschooling Students with Dyslexia

Writing –

Writing Curriculum for Homeschooling a Child with Dysgraphia or Dyslexia

Free Curriculum Options –

Be sure to also check out the free curriculum options I have listed. The programs listed are good for kids who want interactive learning (great for kids with ADHD). They’re also good for Homeschooling a Child with Dysgraphia or Dyslexia that has trouble with reading and/or writing.

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.

Research 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 have 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 help your child 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. 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. However, if you’d like to try out their demo, 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. It is specifically developed for homeschooling families.

Although Monarch was not designed specifically for children with learning disabilities, the audio-visual elements in the program give 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.

Best Homeschool Curriculum for ADHD 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. He 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. However, they 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.

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. Time4Learning 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. It does have Christian religious principles in it. 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. They 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.

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. It is a worthwhile fee for quality audio-visual content that will meet your child’s needs.

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.

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


Free Multisensory Curriculum Online,

Home School Curriculum for Learning Disabilities,


Scientifically Proven Orton-Gillingham Reading Programs to Overcome Dyslexia.

Best Homeschool Curriculum Resource Sites for Book-based Learning

**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 Best Homeschool Curriculum for ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities in one place.

Scholastic BooksBest Homeschool Curriculum for ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities 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. 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!

Educational Jumbo Workbooks for early learning – Modern early education theories stress the importance of providing children with activities they can enjoy and learn at their own pace. The 5 jumbo workbooks have been developed with this in mind. Each book provides an enriching and creative learning environment. That lays the foundation for formal schooling without the pressure of a formal learning program.  These workbooks are not heavy duty curricula, but they do give 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)

**Sonlight Curriculum is a terrific, literature based, comprehensive curriculum provider. Their curricula explores our world and history deeper than most providers. The books used are engaging. It is 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.

Traditional Homeschool Curriculum Providers: Best Homeschool Curriculum for ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities

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 and fun to explore. 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). The catalog has books, learning tools, software, etc. Just about any kind of curriculum imaginable can be found through Rainbow Resource. The products are also listed at a relatively low price.

  13 Responses to “Best Homeschool Curriculum for ADHD, Dyslexia, & LDs”

  1. I am new to homeschooling and my daughter has Intellectual Disability. This is all new for me, and quite overwhelming. How do I know where to begin?

    • It IS all VERY overwhelming in the beginning! I remember that feeling well. Welcome to homeschooling and I pray you meet with great learning success with your daughter.

      As far as where to begin:

      I think a great place to begin is to examine your learning goals. Determining what you want to accomplish will help you figure out how to get from where your daughter currently is to where you’d like her to end up. Ask yourself, “How advanced do I believe my daughter’s learning can be based upon her cognitive abilities? What does my daughter want to do as an adult? What skills must she have and what skills does she want to have?” Use your answers to these questions to create a plan for meeting your daughter’s needs.

      It also helps to have a learning styles analysis and a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation to help you know how to teach your child and what to teach your child. Learningstyles.net has a very inexpensive evaluation that can help you understand how your daughter learns best. You can follow the guidelines in the learning styles report to set up an ideal learning environment for your daughter.

      Obtaining a comprehensive evaluation is more difficult because it’s costly and sometimes difficult to find a fabulous evaluator. You may want to read Choices for a Comprehensive Evaluation to give you a better idea of your options for evaluations. Once you have a comprehensive evaluation, which you may already have, then you can use the information to pick programs that will match your daughter’s needs.

      I hope that helps!

  2. It seems all of math has always been difficult. Memorizing steps, fact families, recalling information from previous lessons.

  3. Hi Sandy, Thanks for the post. I homeschool my dyslexic son, we are preparing to start high school next year, and I am a bit nervous in getting him ready to college level. He has his heart set on studying Palentology – I am only starting to find out how to go about preparing him for college…

    • HI Lisa, Preparing your son for college is entirely possible in spite of his dyslexia. The big key is to let him use assistive technology for everything where his dyslexia is a barrier to learning. For example, if he reads really slowly, the required literature reading could be overwhelming. But his difficulty with reading does NOT have to get in his way… Let him listen to audio book versions or watch plays or classic movies of the literature. The POINT of having literature classes is to expose students to other ideas, other cultures, and a wide variety of writing styles. He can get that from the audio versions, plays, or movies that are true to the literature versions. You may find it helpful to check out the variety of Assistive Technologies you can use to help him at http://learningabledkids.info/ . If he’s still struggling with reading, writing, or spelling, continuing with good practice programs will help him be more prepared for college. If he has memory or processing speed issues, then using a cognitive enhancement program can help improve his overall ability to perform academically. If you know his learning style, then providing programs in the way he learns can go a LONG way towards better progress. As an example here, we used The History Channel’s classroom DVDs for our history coursework.. There is no rule that you have to use textbooks for teaching! 😀

  4. I haven’t heard of many of those curricula. We’re using All About Reading/Spelling and Nessy. They go to school for one hour a day and use Lexia there.

  5. Sandy,
    My 8 year old son has autism and sensory processing disorder. He really struggles with handwriting and fine motor skills. He is reading at first grade level but struggles with comprehension. Any ideas of programs that might help?

    Shawn Newswanger

  6. My son too is in the 7th grade, recently enrolled in a school that helps “different” learners, but was homeschooled for 3 yrs before that. Still, he’s a solid year behind in math and I’m concerned he just might never catch up to his peers. I am looking for other school options for next year as this option is just too expensive and only goes up to 8th grade.

    • Did you have an issue with homeschooling or can you do that again? You might need more carefully selected, on target programs to help your son, depending upon his specific needs. To begin helping him with math now, you could look at a computer-based program, like Reflex Math, that he could work on each night before bed. That would help solidify his math foundation throughout the remainder of this year. You could then select programs for next year that specifically meet his individual needs (see: http://learningabledkids.com/mathematics/math.htm for resource pages). Often, the main choices parents have are public school, private school, private tutoring, or homeschooling. If you can decide NOW what math program would be best for your son next year, you could complete any training between now and then to help you use the program effectively. Orton-Gillingham training is always excellent for learning how to teach kids with learning disabilities more effectively. I hope that helps. 😉

  7. Sandy,
    Came across your website, your online school for ADHD looks like something we might be interested in. Public school is some what accomadating, most of the teachers have no clue. My son also has Auditory Processing issues. He is in 7th grade, so 1st year in middle school. I really like our school system, but it is a public school. My sons feels like he just does not fit in. We need to make some changes. So thankful I seen this online school for ADHD and other learning disabilities.

    • HI Lydia, Thank you for posting! It’s not unusual for teachers to be lacking in adequate training for dealing with ADHD. Additionally, having auditory processing issues in a typical classroom can be challenging when it comes to making sure your child is able to gain from the teaching. When your child doesn’t feel like he fits in and isn’t receiving the kind of help he needs, homeschooling can be a good option. It allows your child to focus on his learning. That said, I don’t have an online school. The links provided are for online programs, but I don’t own or run any of them. You’ll want to do your research to make sure whatever program you choose will meet your son’s needs going forward, especially if you plan to return him to public school for high school. You can certainly use a program at home THROUGH high school–we did! So picking a program that will go forward into high school will be a good choice. 😉

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