Spring Fling Giveaway: Personalized Learning Online Package from Wings to Soar Online Academy

This is a sponsored post and giveaway from Wings to Soar Online Academy. To read my review of director Beth Ellen Nash’s book Dyslexia Outside-the-Box, click here.

You want what’s best for your child. And you’ve probably already tried a LOT of different curriculum to try to help them learn. You know that laying a solid academic foundation will open many doors for success for the rest of their lives. But you’re concerned…

          • Are you worried about your child who is struggling with reading, spelling, writing, or math?
          • Are you at a loss for your next steps to help your child become a confident reader?
          • Are you afraid your child will never catch up?
          • Is your child ashamed of being so far behind?
          • Are you worried that your “late-bloomer” actually needs intervention?

        But you’re overwhelmed with all the options you’re exploring to help. And so many of the intervention options are just SO expensive.

        Perhaps you’ve tried a one-size-fits-all packaged curriculum for the security of knowing you had all your bases covered and learned that your child doesn’t fit inside that grade-level curriculum box. Most kids have a 3-5 year span of skills across the different academic areas within themselves. It is not uncommon for a 5th grader to be on target in reading comprehension, two or three levels above in oral vocabulary, a little ahead in math, a year or two behind in writing, and perhaps even further behind in spelling.

        Is your current academic program too dependent on Mom? And your child is craving independence. Plus, there is just too much on your plate and sometimes the academics slide when your curriculum requires too much of Mom’s time.

     

      • Our Wings to Soar Online Academy curriculum specialist has evaluated hundreds of print-based curriculum and over 120 online programs and selected 27 online programs that she feels are best at the function they each serve. Lean into our curriculum expertise and experience guiding hundreds of outside-the-box learners. Our weekly usage reports and more detailed quarterly progress reports will also help you keep on top of how your child is doing. And our weekly check-in accountability provides you the opportunity to reflect on how the week has gone and plan one practical thing you can do to make next week even better. You are NOT ALONE on your homeschooling journey when you work with Wings to Soar.

     

      • Starting with our free Just-Right Level™ Assessments, our team helps you put together a Path to Success™ Personalized Learning Plan in the combination of these online programs that is right for your child. We’ve done the heavy research to choose quality programs that will adapt to your child as they progress. The placement assessments will help them start at their own Just-Right Level™ in each skill strand. And you can trial your child’s personalized work plan for a week or two to make sure it’s a good fit before committing.

     

    • You don’t have to do this alone! Wings to Soar Online Academy partners with homeschooling parents to empower your outside-the-box learner to gain the skills, independence, confidence to not just survive, but thrive in school and in life.

      Enter the Giveaway

      This giveaway includes one-year access to a Personalized Learning Online Package for one student, which includes their needed combination of these programs, plus support and guidance from Wings to Soar Online Academy:

                • Moby Max (includes practice and gap filling for all K-8th subjects),
                • RAZ Plus K-6th online audio supported library,
                • Science A-Z (K-6th)
                • Headsprout Reading,
                • Dyslexia Gold (includes Fluency Builder, Spelling Tutor, and Engaging Eyes).

      Purchased separately these programs would cost over $843, and that’s before you add the value of our usage reports, progress reports, email support, and weekly accountability. WOW!


      *By entering this giveaway you are agreeing to have your email address shared with the sponsor, Wings to Soar.* Giveaway ends on May 23, 2019 at 12:01am PST.

      Get these Freebies

      Wings to Soar Online Academy founder and intervention specialist, Beth Ellen Nash, wanted everyone who entered the giveaway to get something, so she is offering free audios of any or all of her ten workshops to all entrants. Fill out this quick form to let us know which audios you would like.

      Audio workshops include:

              • Homeschooling for Outside-the-Box Learning
              • Teaching All Kinds of Learners
              • Taking Stock of What’s Working and What’s Not
              • Spelling Tips and Multisensory Practice Ideas
              • Dyslexia Outside-the-Box: A Refreshing Strengths Perspective
              • Help and Hope for Dyslexics
              • Learning Challenges That Often Go Together
              • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
              • I Just Forgot! Attention and Memory
              • Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Person

            Whether you win the big giveaway package or not, we would love to help create your child’s Path to Success™ Online Personalized Learning Plan. Start by filling out the FREE assessment request form!

        You can visit Wings to Soar Online Academy on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter @BethEllenNash



Got Dyslexic Kids? This Will Help.

Over the years I’ve shared about my experiences homeschooling my six children, including two of whom have dyslexia.  I’m often excited and encouraged to see new developments, awareness, and resources coming available to help other families that are striving to help their children learn, despite any special challenges or difficulties.  When I was given the opportunity to review Beth Ellen Nash’s book, Dyslexia Outside-the-Box, I knew I wanted to check it out so I could share about it with other parents that are also searching for answers.  The author has kindly sponsored this post, while all opinions expressed are my own.

Dyslexia can be a really confusing thing for parents to identify and understand, particularly because it’s not a straightforward condition.  While many people think that dyslexia is mainly about confusing b and d, p and q, or writing other letters or numbers backwards, instead it includes so many different traits and levels of difficulty, that in some ways I think it would be true to say that it is not exactly the same for any two people.  Dyslexia Outside-the-Box offers us a fresh look at both the common challenges that dyslexic people face, but also does the great service of giving us insight into the unique strengths that often accompany dyslexia.  This is such an important and encouraging thing for dyslexic kids and parents to understand, because it can be easy to get stuck in a spot where you feel like dyslexia is all about having a learning disability, instead of realizing that it also comes with some superpowers that are pretty awesome.  This book does a great job of offering parents and educators information on mitigating the difficulties, while also capitalizing on the strengths that dyslexics are often blessed with.  Even my young adult dyslexic son continues to be encouraged by mentions of high-achieving people in all walks of life and throughout history that share his dyslexic traits.  These people continue to remind him that while he has some things that are difficult for him, he is also extremely gifted in other areas.

I really appreciated the candor with information about common misperceptions of dyslexics.  One of the reasons I knew my dyslexic kids needed to be home educated was because I did not want them in an environment where they were getting the message that they were “the dumb one.”  This quote in the book is just one example:

“The brain of the intuitive processor works so quickly that the tongue cannot keep up.  Their relatively slower verbal-processing speed leaves observers with the impression they are stupid, daydreaming, not paying attention, or lazy.”

What a valuable insight for parents and educators that may be tempted to jump to these negative conclusions about a child, rather than learning to understand the true nature of what’s going on!  Just the other night my 19 year old dyslexic son shared about some of his experiences in a group homeschool class where people were quick to write him off because he was not great at verbalizing his understanding of a topic.  When he would have a rare opportunity to express his thoughts, he noticed that the other kids in his class looked kind of amazed that he actually knew something.  Well, observant parents usually know that their children are smart, and in the case of dyslexia, a home education can be an ideal space to capitalize on your child’s strengths with no stigma attached.  This book is a wonderful resource for all parents with this goal.

The chapters in the book address typical areas of struggle for dyslexics, including reading, spelling, and writing, and give a lot of practical ideas for making learning work in all of these areas.  Experienced parents of dyslexic kids may be encouraged to see that some of their favorite learning materials align very well with the recommended ways of approaching these challenges, and for parents that are still figuring out what works, this book is very helpful in giving you insight and guidance on what types of approaches work best for dyslexic kids and why.  I really enjoyed seeing the lists of specific ideas related to memory devices, skip counting and other memory songs, role playing and special projects, and more.

For those of you that have done your fair share of exploration into various methods for addressing dyslexia, you’ll be sure to recognize the many mentioned techniques and approaches such as Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, Davis Dyslexia Correction methods, Diane Craft, and others.  Author Beth Ellen Nash is quite familiar with all of these, and more, and does a good job of explaining the various ways these can be helpful, and also explains how the services she offers at Wings to Soar Online Academy incorporate a wide range of these skills to help students.  There are also lots of mentions of online resources that can be helpful for dyslexics, such as Moby Max, MindPlay, and many others.

The appendix section takes up more than half the book and is incredibly valuable.  It includes:

  • Dyslexia Intervention Options:  Excellent advice for parents seeking help within schools, outside of school, and while homeschooling, with specific actionable recommendations that you can start using right away, as well as information that directly pertains to services available through Wings to Soar Online Academy.  This section is also very helpful in giving a thorough summary of other popular methods for dyslexia intervention, which will certainly save parents a lot of time and legwork to simply have a good summary in this one resource.  I also like that there is specific information about how long it should take before you start to see the fruits of your labors.  Knowing what you’re looking for and when to expect to see it is a big help in keeping going with new approaches to help your child!
  • Leveling the Playing Field through Accommodations:  Whether you’re seeking an IEP in a school setting, or looking for ways to help your child’s learning soar despite their dyslexia, this is a great chapter full of help.  Even experienced parents of dyslexics are sure to find at least a few new tools here, or be reminded of a few that you may have forgotten about.
  • Teaching Principles, Strategies, and Tools:  I love this chapter and the very specific, actionable suggestions for teaching dyslexic kids.  This information is pure gold for all home educators with kids of all types, and will provide you with the sort of teacher training that I wish every home educator could receive!
  • Expanded Multisensory Practice:  This chapter is an additional gem that you will not want to miss!
  • High-Frequency Spelling Patterns Worth Learning:  I love the practicality and expediency of this approach!  This information helps you cut straight to the best use of your time for helping your children (all of them!) learn to spell and understand spelling rules.
  • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Exercises:  This chapter is another great teacher training opportunity for parents.  So valuable!
  • Challenges that Often Co-Exist with Dyslexia:  As most parents of dyslexic kids know, it’s usually not just that one thing.  Executive function issues, dysgraphia, attention issues, auditory and visual issues, processing issues, and other challenges are often additional factors.  This chapter will quickly help you understand what else you might be observing, and give you a starting point for getting help with those things as well.
  • Making Sense of Jargon:  This is valuable for all parents that are delving into the world of special educational needs.  Just like the rest of this book, it’s very practical and useful.
  • Resource Recommendations:  This terrific section provides you with some of the best and most helpful resources for learning more and solving issues that your kids are facing.  For the home educating parent that is typically having to become a junior expert on all of these issues, this section is a great road map for learning and becoming more aware of what’s available to help you and your child.

 

Overall, this book is very positive, practical, and actionable, and I believe it can be an excellent tool for all parents looking for ways to educate themselves to be able to better help their dyslexic kids.  I appreciate that the book has a helpful combination of advice for parents that are interested in becoming equipped to handle these challenges themselves, as well as specific information about how the Wings to Soar Online Academy is available to assist.  So many families find expert guidance helpful in situations like this, so it’s great to see yet another practical solution presented so clearly for parents.  If you’re interested in learning more about Wings to Soar Online Academy, you can visit their website here, or their facebook page.

 



Dyslexia in Our Homeschool: Tips and Encouragement

Dyslexia in your homeschoolOne of the questions I get sometimes from Enrichment Studies parents is about dyslexia. What to do about it. How to help the kids learn. How to proceed! So I did a periscope broadcast to share about our journey with dyslexia with two of our sons, and I gave a bunch of ideas for ways to keep learning even when reading and writing are so difficult.  I’ve got the replay here for you, and a list of recommended resources below.

What’s working for your dyslexic kids?  What other areas do you need help with?  Leave a comment!

Here’s a more recent chat I did, explaining about the parent training workshops available from Yellow Wood.

Recommended Resources Mentioned in this Scope:  

(referral links have been used)

Equipping Minds

Equipping Minds is the program that eventually helped our older dyslexic son make huge strides forward in his ability to read and write!  They offer help by Skype and have a workbook/DVD that can help you.

 

Classical Conversations Foundations Audio CD set:  There is so much good help here for memorization!

Skip Counting songs:  I have a whole pin board of them for you!

Sonlight:  Our all-time favorite curriculum.

Bookshark:  The secular branch of Sonlight, for those that prefer a non-religious curriculum.

Brave Writer:  My favorite approach for all things writing and language arts (plus super duper encouraging for moms!)

Quotes from U.S. Presidents:  We are using these this year and really enjoying them.  

Notebooking Pages:  These can be so fun and easy, without a lot of stress.  Kids can easily do copywork, make lists, take notes, or share their thoughts about what they’re learning.

 

 



Dyslexie: The new font to help dyslexics!

Two of my sons have dyslexia, and I have seen firsthand how difficult it can be for them to read and write. Parents of kids with issues like dyslexia, dysgraphia, and similar issues are always on the lookout for anything that can help. I was excited to learn about this new font that has been developed to help people with dyslexia differentiate letters more easily. You can download the font to use in your word processing on your computer, and even get an extension for your browser so that the text as you browse the internet shows up in dyslexie! How cool is that?

You can learn more and get the dyslexie font here.

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