The Magic of a Language-Rich Lifestyle for Kids with Dyslexia & Dysgraphia
Children who struggle with the mechanics of written language because of dyslexia and dysgraphia do not need to be barred from the thrill of authorship—the sense of themselves as writers! Today’s technological landscape makes it possible in brand new ways to empower our kids to be the writers they deserve to be! This session will offer practical tips and ideas for how to bring writing to life for kids who struggle with reading and handwriting.
I have five kids (now adults) and homeschooled them for seventeen years. My professional writing credentials include ghostwriting, freelance writing, editing books, operating as the senior editor for a quarterly industry publication, and writing a weekly column for United Press International.
I’ve written Brave Writer’s Home Study Courses and have written or supervised the writing of all other Brave Writer products.
My homeschool credentials include ten years teaching theater and writing for our Cincinnati homeschool co-op of 300 students, four year membership in the steering committee of a local Charlotte Mason organization, speaking in the US, UK, and Canada at homeschool conventions, and hosting Brave Writer events all over the United States. Brave Writer opened its doors in January 2000 and has taught tens of thousands of families from all around the globe. Today, I live in Cincinnati, Ohio where I enjoy running, PG Tips tea every morning, and kayaking.
Deficits and Learning Challenges….Attentive, Cognitive and Theoretical Description
One of the greatest advantages of home education is the ability to tailor a course of learning to each student’s special needs. We have gotten very good at giving names to difficulties children face, but does our approach and understanding of learning challenges truly make sense? Having raised two children with learning challenges, it has become clearer to me how wrongly we looked at child rearing when I was a child and how we are still wrong, just in a different way, now. This discussion is meant to give encouragement to parents of children with challenges, to inspire parent educators to look at their children’s struggles in new ways and by so doing, create both a more harmonious and more successful home education experience.
Thomas Morrow is President of Wave 3 Learning, Inc. He has been involved with the Home Education community since 1999 and the Home Education curriculum community for 12 years. He is a specialist in Linguistics who speaks, reads and writes three languages. His passion is for children’s acquisition of language, especially orthography, vocabulary and usage.
Success with Triple LD Whammy (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, & Dysgraphia) & Vision Issues to Boot Description
Sara, age 10, suffers from dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and a severe vision disorder which includes a collapsed field of vision and double vision. She has always been homeschooled. Mary has found ways around these challenges to ensure Sara’s love of learning was never compromised. In one year alone, Sara went from being tested at a 3rd grade level and scoring 42% to being tested at a 5th grade level and scoring 90% on the standardized test! Learning to work with what a child’s strength is just as important, if not more so, than knowing their weaknesses.
Mary has been homeschooling for over 7 years. She and her daughter’s have learned the ups and downs while homeschooling children who suffer from multiple disabilities. She has successfully graduated one child, with a 3.89 GPA and has succeeded in having her youngest skip a grade level, all while encouraging learning through their passions and love of learning.