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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Help Kids Get Out of a Slump, aka Homeschool helpers!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these books from Callisto Press, free of charge, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

Part of our New Year, New You also applies to kids and homeschooling! Maybe you're suffering a bit of burnout and your current teaching style for a dyslexic student needs a regroup, or you need a fun unit to offer a break. I've got 2 books that can help today!

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125 more games to help kids with dyslexia build reading skills!
Kids diagnosed with dyslexia have a tough time learning to read. With the right tools―plus the time and attention you already give them―they can become avid readers. This fun-packed, follow-up to the bestselling activity workbook, Learn to Read for Kids with Dyslexia, Volume 2 offers over a hundred new games to help kids ages 7–12 manage dyslexia.
Featuring a research-based approach to reading skill development, this new volume uses the latest learning methods to strengthen auditory discrimination skills, support letter formation in writing, and, ultimately, make learning more fun. From rhyming games to word pattern activities, these engaging, entertaining activities help kids with dyslexia improve their skills so they can develop a life-long love of reading.
This second volume in the Learn to Read for Kids with Dyslexia series includes:
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  • Games galore―Kids can solve 125 illustrated games and activities, including coloring, listening, word association, picture association, writing with sounds, matching, and more.
  • New vocabulary―Packed with new words, this second volume will help kids with dyslexia understand even more vocabulary they’ll encounter while reading.
  • Science-based strategies―Research-based learning methods like phonological awareness training, phonemic awareness training, and multisensory instruction are proven and productive.

This book is supposed to be for kids up to age 12, but I think younger than 10 would be better. older kids will find it to babyish in structure, although if they ARE reading a very low level, it could be useful. I had my daughter look at a few pages and we immediately realized some problems- if you look at the page above, do you know what the items are above the gravestone? Can you tell the picture to the right of it is supposed to be grass, and further over would you guess grain and not wheat? And above the wheat is that toast or graham crackers? Yes the adult should stress GR words, but it your child can't make sense of the picture, it could lead to even more confusion. So for that sheet, you may want to go over GR words BEFORE they do the worksheet, so the visual confusion isn't there. There is also a strong emphasis on phonics, though they do allow for auditory pneumonics.

But overall it's actually a good workbook for ANY child learning to read, and depending on your child's dyslexia level, it might work for them, to help with problem sounds and areas.

Looking for a break- this new book can help with a unit study:

we can sign coverDiscover how simple learning sign language for kids can be! Whether it’s for reaching out to a Deaf person, chatting with friends across a crowded room, or just learning an amazing new language, We Can Sign! is an essential guide to getting started with American Sign Language for kids.
Bursting with almost 200 fully-illustrated signs, memory tips, and more, this instructional aid for sign language for kids makes mastering ASL easy. Ten chapters take you all the way from sign language basics and conversation phrases to must-have vocab. Get signing today!
We Can Sign! An Essential Illustrated Guide to American Sign Language for Kids includes:
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  • Up-to-date info—Learn the most modern version of American Sign Language—while also getting fun insight into Deaf culture.
  • Clear illustrations—Start signing fast with detailed drawings that show exactly how each sign should look.
  • 182 signs you need—Lessons begin simple and progress to more advanced ideas as you learn words and phrases that are perfect for use in a variety of situations.
Get a helping hand with this fully illustrated guide to sign language for kids!


While we have looked at other ASL books for kids, this is the first one that offers tips and info on the Deaf CULTURE, as well as teaching ASL. It's an important aspect that needs to be considered when learning ASL, so I was thrilled to see it in the book! As you can see, simple illustrations and basic how to info, make this a book that older kids can teach themselves with, and its easy for parents to use with younger kids. You can easily get a workable unit study out of the book, or make it longer by using more research and video lessons. I think all kids should know some basic ASL, the same as they know Spanish, and this is an easy introduction for all the kids in your family! We highly recommend it! 

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