Is your child struggling to learn to read? Are they struggling with basic math skills? What can you do at home to help your dyslexic child learn to read and perform basic math operations? The following list of home-school tips are designed for the elementary age child struggling with reading and math.
Often dyslexic children have a difficult time learning new concepts without tangible tactile learning opportunities. Often these tactile learning experiences are devoid in the elementary classroom for several reasons. Sometimes teachers are in short supply and the student to teacher ratios are simply much too high, and not every teacher understands the necessity of tactile learning experiences for children who learn differently, as dyslexics do. So what can you do to help your child learn at home?
- Allow your school age child to help set the table, counting the plates and silverware as he lays them down on the table. Give him two forks and two spoons and ask them to add the forks and spoons and give you the total of utensils. This will help your child learn to count and to learn basic addition skills. You can use this technique for beginning subtraction as well. ( If I give you five spoons and you take two spoons away how many spoons are left)
- Play rhyming games at home. There are many rhyming games available on the market or you can make your own. Buy colored note cards and make your own list of words then have your child say the word on the note card and give you a word that rhymes.
- Show your child how to manipulate word parts or phonemes. For example, use three different colored squares to represent letter sounds such as CAT. You can use red to represent “c”, blue to represent “a”, and yellow to represent “t”. Have your child use the colored squares to puch into order saying each letter sound as they connect the squares. Now take the colors, still representing the same letter sounds and mix them up into what is known as “nonsense words”. Have them make the sounds while the letter squares are in random order.
- To help your child learn “sight words” have them “tap them out” using the palm of their hand starting at the top of the arm and moving down. For example: Have your child pat or tap the letters T-H-E then put the words together saying THE while swiping the palm down the arm.
- The use of colored math blocks can also be helpful in learning basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Math-U-See is an excellent tactile math program for home-school parents or parents who wish to help their struggling student at home.
Does anyone have any other home-school tips for home-schooling parents? Anything you found helpful or not so helpful? Please leave your comments below.