Teaching a kiddo to read is never much fun but when they struggle with it, it’s even worse. When your kiddo is trying their hardest but just can’t seem to make the letters work right, it’s stressful for everyone involved. Hours and hours spent unsuccessfully helping them learn to read. Days of researching online. Desperate moments that turn into yelling. When your kiddo struggles with forming the right words or recognizing their letters, it becomes a family affair. But the most determined and dedicated parents will stop at nothing to ensure their kiddos have a strong reading foundation.
I know this because I’ve been there. Although Bear isn’t dyslexic, he has had some pretty severe struggles with reading. It mostly stems from the negative pressure behind his eardrum, resulting in hearing issues. He has a very hard time identifying letter sounds, especially the ones that sound nearly identical. I looked and looked for a program to help him because I knew he COULD read, but it was just so hard for him.
Most programs offer only phonics. But that isn’t helpful when you child can’t recognize or understand what they’re seeing. That’s why I was so stoked to learn about Dyslexia Toolkit!
It looked like everything I wanted but…Bear doesn’t have dyslexia, so would it work for us?
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I knew I had crossed the line. Already, I had sucked any tiny ounce of “FUN” right out of learning to read with the workbooks, computer programs and constant pushing I had offered. So I needed a new approach. What I dreamed of was reading games that reinforce the skills needed when learning to read. The more I learned about Dyslexia Toolkit, the more excited I became!
What You Need to Know About the Dyslexia Toolkit
Dyslexia Toolkit is an amazing product from PDX Reading Specialist. They’ve taken everything you need to help a struggling reader and combined it with over 50 fun activities. It’s geared towards kids between the ages of 4-8 and is simple but oh-so-effective to use.
“The Dyslexia Toolkit is a research-based curriculum, which focuses on the foundational skills needed for skilled reading: Phonological Awareness & Alphabet Knowledge.”
-PBX Specialist website
It’s more than a dyslexia curriculum! Here’s more of what it offers:
Bold & Fun Colors:
First things first: Kids love color. And PDX Reading Specialist delivered plenty of color! Every game is packed full of vibrant images that grab the kiddo’s attention. The bright colors make learning to read even more fun. If you have a kiddo like my Bear, you need help captivating their attention. While black and white print books just don’t do it, the research based games offered in Dyslexia Toolkit sure do!
You guys, I have used a lot of curriculum over the years and I’ve never seen one that offers so many options! There are over 50 games included and each one is just as good as the next. Your kiddo will be learning the basic skills needed for a strong reading foundation, without ever realizing they are learning.
From “BINGO” to “Letter Race” and “Spin and Say” to “Sound Match,” there are tons of ways to reinforce what your kiddo struggles with. Each section provides plenty of games and hands-on activities to help your child learn in a way that is fun.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could plop our kiddos down in front of the TV and they would magically learn to read? Unfortunately, it’s not that easy and if you have a struggling reader or a child with dyslexia, it’s certainly not that simple.
When you have a kiddo that’s struggling, you have to take a hands-on approach to assess the situation. You simply have to be more hands-on, which generally results in more work for you. Having all the work done for you by Dyslexia Toolkit is just one more thing that you don’t have to worry about.
After showing your child how to play the games a few times, they can then complete most of the games on their own.
Easy to use:
Never have I ever opened a curriculum and smiled so big. When my package from PDX Reading Specialist arrived, I excitedly ripped into the box. There, I found a gorgeous box, filled with individually wrapped groups of pages, manipulatives and perfectly sized baggies.
If you’ve ever used a curriculum that requires lots of parts and peices, you know the struggle of keeping them all organized and handy. These labeled baggies are worth their weight in gold. All I had to do was open the packages of papers, which were already divided into categories. Now when I need a certain activity, I can just reach for the baggie I need and it’s all there, ready to go!
These games are some of the best games I’ve ever used in our homeschool. With so many options, Bear will never get tired of playing them. I mean, just look at the stack of cards that you use! There are SO many there! We try to play a couple of different games each day and Bear always requests to play his favorites afterwards. Did you hear that? The boy who hates letters, reading and even sitting still is now ASKING to play these educational games.
Step-by-Step Instuctions for Parents and Teachers:
Dyslexia Toolkit provides an amazing resource for parents who aren’t quite confident in their ability to help their struggling reader. From giving the initial assessment test to getting the most out of the activities, the resource guide is there to help. Not only does it show you how the Dyslexia Toolbox works, but it teaches you exactly why it’s effective. Once you know how the brain works, it’s easier to understand and approach the problems your struggling reader is facing.
Some of the pages I’ve found most helpful are:
- Where to Begin
- How the Brain Reads
- Common Symptoms of Dyslexia
- Phonological Awareness Developmental Steps
- Intervention Flowchart
- Tips for Introducing Letters with any Sequence
If you’re looking for a fun and effective way to help your struggling reader, you can’t miss this! It does cost more than any curriculum I would normally purchase but there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s worth it.
I don’t hesistate to spend over $300 each year on dance classes or karate lessons each year. Why would I not invest in my child’s future by ensuring my little man has a solid foundation in one of the most vital skills to humans? After all, we can surely agree that reading will take him much further than any karate class ever will!
Just watching the tears transform to excitement on my little guy’s face was worth the price and so much more!