Jul 102013

Are you looking for homeschool reading programs for a child who has dyslexia?

Are you struggling to help your child overcome dyslexia?

This page will help you find a viable homeschool reading programs for overcoming your child’s dyslexia and point you to general homeschool curriculum options, Free Homeschool Curriculum options for teaching Math, Reading and Spelling to kids with ADHD, Dyslexia, or other learning disabilities, and free interactive multisensory reading programs  too!

Teaching your child to read, whether he has dyslexia, or not, can be frustrating, but given the right reading programs, it can be done inexpensively at home.

If your child has dyslexia, or you suspect he does, you will want to use one of the Orton-Gillingham reading programs. This page includes beginner reading programs as opposed to proven reading programs for teaching children with dyslexia to read.

Whether you are just starting to homeschool your child or you’ve been homeschooling for awhile, it would be helpful for you to screen your child for his current reading decoding ability and reading fluency level.

If you don’t have or can’t afford a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation, you might want to use the Free Reading Assessments to access your child’s reading abilities. The tests listed are free.

If your child is a beginning reader, here are some free online reading programs for practice:

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If you are just beginning to teach your child to read, one of the best things you can do is use a systematic, direct teaching method. Great reading programs explicitly teach each phonogram to your child. The method mentioned above, Orton-Gillingham, may be the perfect choice, but that will depend upon your child’s specific learning disabilities.

Rainbow Reader Games is a printable reading games collection. This reading program can help make learning to read more fun, adds a multisensory element to reading practice. It will reinforce your child’s reading skills. These materials are a great way to add some FUN to reading practice! I recommend this reading program for any child–whether the child has reading difficulties or not. These materials aren’t designed specifically to teach reading, but they are a fun way to reinforce what a child is learning otherwise from systematic reading instruction.

If you’ve tried teaching your child to read, but your child does not seem to “get it,” if he can’t blend sounds together, or shows other signs of struggling with reading, there are any number of Orton-Gillingham reading programs you can use to help your child at home without spending a lot of money.

Reading Programs I recommend for home use:

reading programsAll About Reading is a new Orton-Gillingham reading program that is very robust, offering a comprehensive reading solution. It’s affordable as compared to a lot of reading programs. I even recommend the Deluxe Interactive Reading Kit as being IDEAL for use with virtually any Orton-Gillingham reading program. Get started with the Reading Level 1, and move into the levels that follow as your child advances in reading skill.

Logic of English has two programs. They are Foundations which is an Orton-Gillingham inspired reading program for ages 4-8 and Essential which is a comprehensive Orton-Gillingham inspired program for ages 8-adult. The Logic of English programs teach phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, vocabulary using morphology, fluency, phonograms, spelling rules, the reasons for how words are read, and comprehension skills. The programs are multi-sensory programs.

The Click’N’Read program is computer based and makes an excellent reinforcement reading program. Kids find this reading program easy to use and the automatic tracking of progress is a great help to teaching parents. If you use a reading program such as All About Reading alongside a computer-based program such as Click’N’Read or Earobics, it can build your child’s reading skills faster.

Language Tool Kit & Manual, Grades K-5

**Language Tool Kit & Manual, Grades K-5
By Paula D. Rome & Jean S. Osman / Educators Publishing Service – The Language Tool Kit is an inexpensive kit that we used. It teaches based on Orton-Gillingham principles, and is designed for use by a teacher or a parent. This set contains 163 cards (4″ x 6″) in a white cardboard box along with the 32 page manual. One group of cards has spelling units printed in large type on one side, with the common and rarer sound equivalents on the reverse side in small type. Key words and spelling patterns are also listed. The salmon-colored cards are for the teacher’s reference, and the yellow cards are for extra practice with consonant blends. Grades K-5.

Teach Your Child To Read Method E-flash Cards by Glenn Doman is a reading program that may work for some children. It is based upon an e-Flash Card method.. The child works with flash cards on the computer to learn to read. This method is most likely to help build reading fluency as a child is able to recognize words.

S.P.I.R.E. Reading Programreading programs is a great Orton-Gillingham reading program as well. This program has a bit more beef to it, is easy to follow, easier to implement without much preparation. The program has been fine-tuned over a number of years and is one of the most well-developed programs you can purchase and use easily at home.  Click the link above to read a review of the S.P.I.R.E. Reading Program.

Writing Road to Reading: The Spalding Method for Teaching Speech, Spelling, Writing, and Reading Programreading programs – WRTR is a comprehensive Orton Gillingham reading program which will help your child make great gains if you can follow the program diligently. I will tell you, the program is overwhelming at first glance. However, after digging in and getting started, the program is not as difficult as it seems. This program is among the most comprehensive, inexpensive programs you can use. You can make your own manipulatives or buy one of the Reading Interactive Kits at AllAboutLearningPress.com. Buying a kit takes a whole lot less time and is relatively inexpensive.

Reading Reflex: The Foolproof Phono-Graphix Method for Teaching Your Child to Readreading programs – This is not my favorite of reading programs, but easy to understand and easy to follow. The RR program had some shortcomings in that it did not teach ALL of the phonemes when I last reviewed the program, but it did teach almost all of them, and has been updated. If it is still missing a few of the phonemes, they can be easily covered on the side. Additionally, when I had difficulty with some program materials ordered through the company, they were less than considerate and helpful, bordering on rude. Therefore, I suggest this program as one that is easy to follow.. it does have its merits, but it is far from my top choice.

If you desire simply to teach your child to read, and your child does not have disabilities, I recommend the book **”Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessonsteach your child to read” or the Explode The Code seriesteach reading. These are both systematic reading programs that work well for a child who has no known issues with phonemic awareness or auditory processing. They are both excellent reading programs, but the 100 Easy Lessons program often does not work all that well for children with true dyslexia or central auditory processing issues.

Scripted, complete reading programs:

There are some reading programs that are sold as “complete” kits, which can be purchased for a couple hundred dollars. These two programs are designed to take a child from non-reader to reader, and provide everything you need.

**Saxon Phonics – This is a robust and well-developed reading remediation program. It is also one of the less expensive programs that includes all materials, teachers guides and student books. No reading remediation program worth using can beat the value in this package! With the Saxon name behind the product, you can hardly go wrong.
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Complete Saxon Phonics Intervention, Home Study Kit
Other Saxon Phonics Program products
Other Materials for Teaching A Child How-to Read
Reading Comprehension Resources at Christianbooks.com

**LiPS from Lindamood-Bell – This is the same program used at the pricey Lindamood-Bell centers, and by many private organizations that teach reading. The kit is expensive, but the program is proven to work with most children who struggle. The program is rather involved, but if you can read and understand the instructions, or can afford to go to training offered by Lindamood-Bell Centers, it is a lot cheaper to do the program yourself. However, not all children respond well to their parent as their provider, so you’ll want to be certain your child is willing to work with you before you spend the money on this kit.

Reading Programs in the form of Drill and Learning Software:

ClickN READ Phonics – Children who are struggling with reading and children with learning disabilities can use this program, which is designed for ease of use, and is based upon solid teaching of reading skills.  Best of all, kids generally love this program. ClickN’ READ Phonics lets you buy the program for your child at a low cost and all subscriptions come with a 60-day money back guarantee.  If you hop on over there and give it a try using their demo program, you’ll be able to determine if this program may be a good fit for your child.

Earobics is designed to teach a child with auditory processing issues to “tune in” to key sounds in words, to teach them the phonemes in relation to print, and to build concentration (specifically the ability to attend to sounds within words). For some kids, they can’t “hear” (or recognize) the individual phonemes enough to be taught with a rules based program, so Earobics is a good place to begin.  We used Earobics (older kids’ version) as one of the early, foundational programs in my boys’ instruction and the program contributed to a great outcome in our homeschooling to overcome dyslexia.

Fast ForWord through Gemm Learning – This is a great program that works really well for kids with notable phonemic awareness difficulties. The program runs on your computer, uploads after your child’s session, and a Gemm learning specialist reviews your child’s work and progress. The additional level of guidance and oversight makes this a hybrid kind of program, but as far as your child’s work goes, it is totally a computer-based remediation program. You’ll like this option if you want support from a provider.

HearBuilder from Super Duper – This program works on phonological awareness up through 8th grade reading skills. It also works on memory skills, so it is an ideal reading program for a child diagnosed with clinical dyslexia who also has a deficit in working memory. The program also works on auditory memory and sequencing. The program is available online or as a CD-rom program for your computer. The cost is VERY reasonable and easily affordable as compared to many other programs.

Lexia Reading – This is the program we have chosen and have been sticking with. It has numerous different practice activities within 5 levels and has been instrumental in helping with basic spelling and reading abilities. The program is very thorough, beginning with basic vowel sounds, and progressing up through roots, prefixes, suffixes, and syllabication. This program is a great teaching tool when used on a daily basis.

Multisensory Reading, Spelling and Penmanship – “Multisensory reading, spelling and penmanship CD-ROM program builds an association between symbols and sounds in the English language through self-paced repetition. It utilizes the close association of visual, auditory and kinesthetic elements to help students improve their language skills.”

Children Learning Reading Sounds GREAT. Does it work? I don’t really know, but if you get the program and it works for you, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! If it works–really works–I would be excited to promote this program to Learning Abled Kids’ parents confidently. The program does seem to be built on what I know to be sound instructional practice in teaching reading–explicit, direct instruction in phonemes. Given it works, it might actually be the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Read, Write & Typereading program
– “This 40-lesson adventure is a powerful tool for 6-8 year-old children just learning to read, for children of other cultures learning to read and write in English, and for students of any age who are struggling to become successful readers and writers. Children learn phonics, reading, spelling, writing, vocabulary, punctuation, and even keyboarding. Children see, hear, speak, touch, and move their fingers as they play each new level in this multisensory program.” Given that other programs are more comprehensive in their teaching of reading, I personally would recommend using programs that teach phonemes, sight words, decoding skills, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary in a progressive reading program designed to take the child to approximately a sixth grade reading level, rather than spending so much for a limited scope program. However, IF your child cannot learn sight words through other means, the Learning to Read Program might be what you need.

General Curriculum Recommendation:

Odysseyware provides an online, visual learning solution for students children of school age with Dyslexia or ADHD. The Odysseyware Learning Environment provides the use of text-to-speech with highlighted reading so your child can read along. The use of text-to-speech button provides your child the option to read, listen to, or read along with each presentation. Lessons also include videos, audio, video study tools, and interactive elements. There are a lot of explanatory videos in Odysseyware, and the other features mean kids with auditory and visual Learning Styles will be served very well by the program. Odysseyware allows your child to progress at his own speed, which will allow your child to achieve his greatest individual potential.reading program for kids

Be SURE to learn about additional options by checking out each of these resources:

Downloadable Workbooks:

The following workbooks are downloadable from http://www.eric.ed.gov/ by clicking on the link provided or entering the document code into the ERIC search box.

Phonics Plus, Book A (Levels K-1) – by entering ED429275 into the search box.

Phonics Plus, Book B: Short Vowel Patterns, Long Vowel Patterns –  by entering ED429276 into the search box.

Phonics Plus, Book C: Grades 2-3 – by entering ED441218 into the search box.

Spell, Say, and Write–A Synthesis of the Phonics and Whole Word Systems: A Beginner’s Workbook for School or Home Study – by entering ED370089 into the search box.

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