There are several high-quality, free online learning programs on the Internet that will enhance your multisensory teaching efforts. You can take advantage of these resources to teach your child at home.
The programs I’ve listed below are suited as stand alone sources of curriculum for children with an auditory or visual learning style. Children with ADHD often like the engagement of such programs for a portion of their learning even though they prefer kinesthetic learning activities or activities for tactile learners. These online programs aren’t fully multisensory because they don’t contain kinesthetic learning activities. However, the programs do provide audio-visual learning that is well suited for rounding out multi-sensory teaching in providing learning reinforcement for children with a kinesthetic learning style.
These programs are all great to use as part of your homeschool curricula. See what you find below that may meet your needs. If you need more options, check out “Home School Curriculum for Learning Disabilities” for additional curriculum providers.
Interactive Sites for Education provides K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place. The interactive, audio-visual lessons are organized in broad subject areas such as Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies. Each broad area is then segmented into specific topics with multiple interactive educational choices. The Interactive programs linked to by Interactive Sites for Education are of very high quality and likely to be engaging for any student.
ABCya has lessons created by teachers, based upon lessons they teach in their classrooms. The website contains math and language arts concepts for grades K-5. The only thing I don’t care for in this site is that the “grade level” is very prominent in the design, such that a child who is in 4th or 5th grade, who needs 1st or 2nd grade content is likely to balk at working at a lower grade level. If the lessons were based upon a progression of skills, regardless of grade level, then I think it would be easier for parents to get older children to use the site. It’s all free and great content, so you may want to give it a try.
For K-12, WatchKnowLearn.org is an awesome place to start! You begin by putting in your child’s age, then the topic you want. For example, if you type in “Fractions” for age 12, you can watch the Introduction to Fractions Song, Mr. Duey – Fractions Rap, Basic Math: Lesson 6 – Video Clip #3 – Equivalent Fractions or choose from a wide variety of other lessons on the topic. This resource can be extremely helpful if you need to find an audio-visual means of teaching your child any specific concept. Some of the videos will be helpful for kinethetic/tactile learners if they get up and move along with the videos.
The Khan Academy, funded by Salman Khan, is similar to WatchKnowLearn, but is geared more towards high school, college, and adult level studies. If you have an advanced learner, the Khan Academy is a great, free resource for audio-visual learning.
Also at the high school-college level, there are great courses available through Coursera.org. The courses are offered by a consortium of universities, so they would be best suited for advanced learners. The courses run in specified timeframes for a varied number of weeks, but the descriptions say the courses are “at your own pace.” This would be a good option for advanced students who are able to finish within the specified timeframe, and want to focus on just a couple of courses at a time.
Both AcademicEarth.org and edX.org offer free online courses from some of the top universities in the world. Courses are free, online, include teaching videos and interactive exercises. Learning is at your own pace, but does require you carefully consider whether the student is prepared to study at the high level of teaching provided through these videos. These courses are ideal for gifted learners who want to independently advance their learning.
I recommend having your child use headphones for clearer understanding of the audio component in each of the audio-visual programs.
If your child has dyslexia, or difficulty with reading, using an Orton-Gillingham reading program is highly recommended. The programs below are not comprehensive solutions for reading difficulties, but they are great reinforcements to the use of any Orton-Gillingham reading program.
Jumpstart Reading Games – A fun, free site with reading games for K-5
Knowledge Adventure Reading Games – Great site with the ability to select grade level and subject. Easy site to use.
Game Goo – Earobics’ reading program provides this gaming online for practice. This isn’t quite the same thing as the Earobics program itself, but it is a fun environment for working on reading and spelling skills.
PBSKids’ Reading Games – Basic reading skills with All KINDS of games, but they aren’t organized in any particular format. It’s a great place to visit and play around.
ABC Tracer – an app that is awesome as a multi-sensory means to help your child learn to write the letters. For maximum integration using proper Orton-Gillingham methods, you would have the child say the SOUND of the letter (not the name of the letter) as your child traces out the letter on the tablet screen.
Knowledge Adventure Math Games – Great site with the ability to select grade level and subject. Easy site to use.
Math Play – A dynamic learning environment that motivates students to learn while they play. Has games for every grade level.
PBSKids’ Numbers Games – For basic math number skills; All KINDS of games, but they aren’t organized in any particular format. It’s a great place to visit and play around.
Purple Math – for help with Algebra
MathTV – high school level math teaching videos
If your child has dyslexia, or difficulty with spelling, using an Orton-Gillingham spelling program is highly recommended. The programs below are not comprehensive solutions for spelling difficulties, but they are great reinforcements. If your child is having pervasive spelling difficulties, check out what works for spelling.
Knowledge Adventure Spelling Games – Great site with the ability to select grade level and subject. Easy site to use.
Homespellingwords.com – “Home Spelling Words provides an interesting mix of verbal and visual teaching that will help your child improve his or her spelling test scores. This program is fun and free.”
Spellingcity.com – There is a lot you can do for free on this site. Full access does carry a membership fee though.
1000 Sight Word Superhero App – AWESOME practice app that allows letter tracing and practice that can truly be multi-sensory. The program provides short lists and words are checked off as they are mastered.
Cimo Spelling Sight (Lite) – Great app for teaching a combination of high frequency and sight words (from the Dolch Sight Word list). “The list of 50 words was selected to cover words that a child encounters most often when learning to read (high frequency)”