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Do you need Free Homeschooling Curriculum learning disabilities?


I’ve listed several high-quality, free online learning programs. These programs can be used as free homeschool curriculum for learning disabilities. They’re ideal for kids with ADHD, dyslexia, or dysgraphia because they’re interactive and have an audio component that accommodates for weak reading skills.

I have several categories of programs listed. Therefore, scrolling down all the way to the bottom will give you the most choices. Scrolling to the bottom is most important if you’re looking for a specific type of curriculum for your child.

The programs I’ve listed below are suited for Homeschool Curriculum for Learning Disabilities for the content portion of your child’s schooling. By that, I mean you can use these programs for science, social studies, and reading and math practice.

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.  Using noise cancelling headphones helps kids with ADHD focus on the lessons as explained on the Noise Cancelling Headphones Assistive Technology page.

These programs provide audio-visual learning, and include tactile movements that are suited for learning reinforcement in children with a kinesthetic learning style too. They aren’t complete remedial programs though, so you’ll probably still need specialized programs for teaching remedial skills for dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia.

The audio-visual nature of the programs will help your child with ADHD or Dyslexia learn, so they make good Homeschool Curriculum for Learning Disabilities. Since these options for Free Homeschool Curriculum for Learning Disabilities have audio, your child doesn’t have to be able to read well. With the visual component, the programs are great for teaching visual and hands-on learners too.

As homeschool curriculum for learning disabilities, these programs are all great to use for the content portion 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.

Free Online Homeschool Curriculum for Learning Disabilities Engagement

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. It may take a bit of planning and organization of the lessons for you to use this as a free homeschool curriculum for learning disabilities, but there are so many lessons that you can cover a lot of content.

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. The grade displays can be an issue for a child who is in 4th or 5th grade and needs 1st or 2nd grade content. Kids are somewhat 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 it would be easier for parents to get older children to use the site.  Overall the site has great content that you can use as free homeschool curriculum for learning disabilities, so you may want to give it a try.

For K-12, is an awesome place to start!  This is my top choice for free homeschool curriculum for learning disabilities for elementary-aged kids. 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. As with earlier options, you’ll have to put in some planning and organization effort to make Watch Know Learn serve as a free homeschool curriculum for learning disabilities, but this site is well worth your organizational time.

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. It’s awesome as an option for free homeschool curriculum for learning disabilities.

Also at the high school-college level, there are great courses available through  These 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, 2E students who are able to finish within the specified timeframe, and want to focus on just a couple of courses at a time. This isn’t an option that will work for everyone, but I thought I’d mention it because it is a great free homeschool curriculum for learning disabilities option for 2E kids.

Both and offer free online courses from some of the top universities in the world.  The 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.

Specialty Sites for Homeschooling Curriculum for Learning Disabilities like ADHD and Dyslexia:

I recommend having your child use headphones for clearer understanding of the audio component in each of the audio-visual programs.

Free Online Homeschool Curriculum for Learning Disabilities in Reading, Dyslexia or ADHD

NOTE: These are not remediation 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.

Free Online Homeschool Curriculum for Learning Disabilities in Math for ADHD or Dyslexia

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

Free Online Homeschool Curriculum for Learning Disabilities in Spelling due to ADHD or Dyslexia

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 for repetitive practice, which is often necessary. 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. – “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.” – 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)”

Homeschool Curriculum for Learning Disabilities

  8 Responses to “Free Homeschool Curriculum for Learning Disabilities”

  1. Hi
    My daughter is 11 year old. She has ADHD and is epileptic. So, when there is a lot of reading, retention and abstract stuff, she gets diffident. Needs a lot of prompt and am not sure the current curriculum mainstream is going to help her finish school. Want to know if there is a lighter school curriculum that she could do which would enable her to be independent as she desires to do something on the vocational side.

    • Do you know which are your daughter’s learning style(s)? If she doesn’t learn well through reading, it’d be important to identify whether she learns better through hands-on learning, visual learning, audio learning, etc. Once you’ve figured out the way(s) she learns BEST, you can look for curriculum that will be more accessible to her for learning. There are a number of options for different learning styles, and which one you pick should be based specifically on your daughter’s needs. That will help her learn more easily.

      Food for thought: At age 11, your daughter does not have the maturity and awareness of what an elementary-aged career decision would mean to her as an adult. If she changes her mind in middle or high school to want to be a teacher, nurse, vet, or who knows what.. she wouldn’t be able to go that route if she is under prepared. And kids OFTEN change their minds as they get older. If you prepare and educate your daughter to her highest level of ability, she will have a wider variety of options for her future choices. It’s generally important to have options available through early choices rather than take the easiest route.. and I say that because a LOT of parents would rather save their child from struggling to learn. Working through the struggles to figure out what works best for learning can be invaluable when it comes to your child functioning well in the adult world. Any and every job requires training, so if your child knows HOW she learns, she can accomplish just about anything she sets her mind to learning.

      I also like to tell parents that college is a whole different ballgame for kids with disabilities than K-12. In college, accommodations are often much more easily obtained than in K-12, especially if the child has a solid educational foundation. Kids who CAN’T read CAN complete college through audiobooks, scribes, and other accommodations *if* the child has an adequate educational foundation to that point. The accommodations would basically be the same as they are for a blind person at that point. 😉 Generally speaking, I’ve found most colleges are more willing to accommodate kids with learning disabilities, although we have run into a few colleges who are antiquated in their views of what persons with learning disabilities can or can’t achieve.

      That said, if you’re looking for something that is not a rigorous, college-entrance type of program for your daughter, virtually any curricula can be adapted by not requiring some of the heavier elements from your daughter. For example, if a program has a lot of deep essays as part of the coursework, you could go through the lesson with your daughter and let her get out of it what she does naturally. There wouldn’t be a need for her to write extensive essays or take difficult exams in order to benefit from the programs. If you pick something that matches your daughter’s learning style, learning should come more naturally anyway, and that will help advance her learning. 😉

  2. I have a 17 yr old mentally retarded, bipolar, ADD, PTSD. She has been held back. She is bullied on a daily basis. She is refusing to go to school. She is my niece, and just started living with me. I really would like to start homeschooling her. She is a Junior , and it is a fight some days to get her to go to school, she loves to learn. How do. I get started?

    • Being bullied at school is TOUGH, and it surely doesn’t help any child learn!! There is a lot you can do at home, and homeschooling can be an awesome choice, particularly for a bullied child. My son was bullied when he was in school too, so I understand the heartbreak and stress that causes. I’ve written a book that includes info about getting started with homeschooling, picking curricula, etc. There is more than I can explain here, so I’d highly recommend getting the book and reading it. You can get it in either paperback or digitally.

  3. My son is 15 I’m looking to home school. He was bullied for 3 years he was in special ed. The teachers and kids for 3 years almost distoyed my son. His name us N—- R—–. I’m Shannon. I can’t he won’t go into another school building. Can you please help me.

    • HI Shannon, Homeschooling any Learning Abled Kid is a highly individualized undertaking. The question of helping someone with all of their needs for homeschooling is much too big of an undertaking for a website comment type of response. 😉 I would highly suggest starting by reading either or both of these books to give you an idea of how to choose programs to use with your son.:

  4. My kids are 13 and 15 and they were from K12 online schooling, but they are not interesting the subject and the level understand is not at the level of the subject so they are always behind on a lot of things. But I want to know is this is a teacher online teaches them or isn’t me that I have to?

    • HI Tricia,

      I’m not entirely sure I’m understanding exactly what you’re asking. Are you asking if the programs on this page are taught by a teacher? The answer there is no, not exactly. Many are online, interactive programs that do the teaching. Some of the programs may require you to pick the assignments or oversee your child’s progress, but most aren’t the type of programs that require you to teach your children. Each program is different, so you would have to click on the link for the program itself to see what that program requires. I hope that answers your question.

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