I Need Your Dyslexia Stories

It has been a little quiet here on the blog.  I have waited to tell of the exciting changes that are taking place because, well, they are so much like a dream come true, I could hardly believe them myself!

Firstly, I just finished my final exam in an online course to become a certified Orton-Gillingham reading tutor.  As the mom of 7 dyslexic kids it just makes sense that I go to the next level as I continue to learn all I can to help my kids thrive while they learn. Homeschooling a large family can be hard.  Homeschooling kids with dyslexia even harder. Whether we are juggling remediations and accommodations or different age levels or driving across town to tutoring sessions, homeschooling this many kids with dyslexia is time, mind and soul consuming.  I’ve learned so much over the past 6 months and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

Which brings me to my second point.  I am starting a new site which, God willing, will be launched in early July called Homeschooling With Dyslexia.  This site should make navigating posts on dyslexia easier and I hope will be a fantastic resource for families.  The excitement that I feel just in creating the different categories for the site makes me practically giddy.   God has truly redeemed the hard times in my life for just this time and I am in awe of His goodness and grace.

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As you can see from the name of the new site, the goal will be to educate and encourage families with dyslexia.  And I would love your help to do that.

If any of you would like to be a part of this, I would love to hear your story and share it with other parents.  One of the biggest hurdles in deciding to start and committing to continue homeschooling kids with dyslexia is the belief that we aren’t qualified.   But we are qualified.  No one is better qualified to teach their kids than dedicated, caring parents.  Let’s show them they can do it by sharing our stories!

Wouldn’t it be terrific to be part of a group that can encourage one another?  What I’m looking for specifically is how your child has struggled (in any area of dyslexia – educational, socially or emotionally) and how homeschooling helped with that.  The best way to submit your story is through my contact page – here.  You can share a sentence or a paragraph, what ever you want.

One More Thing

Please visit and like my new Facebook Page, Homeschooling With Dyslexia.  The main purpose for this page is to have a place where we can talk about what we are learning, struggling with or succeeding with and encourage one another.  We can talk curriculum, tutoring, struggles and successes.  You can also get updates there on how the site build is going and when the launch date will be.  There will be a Grand Opening of sorts with lots of giveaways of many of the products that you have heard me review here on the blog.

Won’t you join me?  Take some time to write your story.  We all have one!



Marianne Sunderland

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  1. Oh, Wow! Congratulations on becoming an OG tutor. That sounds like an amazing education. I have daydreamed myself about becoming NILD trained. Having a child who struggles sure does give you a heart for all children who struggle. Maybe someday. And I am super excited to hear about this new website! I have gained so much from your blog. It will be wonderful to have a more organized community of moms homeschooling kids with dyslexia. Thanks for all you do, Marianne, to be such an outstanding encourager and enabler to moms like me!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I am so happy to have found your site. I am just starting on the path of homeschooling my dyslexic daughter. After seeing her frustration, and struggle with the public school system just tear her apart, I have decided to start down this path. Being dyslexic myself and struggling through school. and now seeing my daughter struggle, I am hoping that this will be a better way for the both of us. I don’t want my daughter to suffer the way I suffered.

  3. Congratulations on the tutoring certification and the new website! I look forward to reading it. Two years ago when we were making the decision to homeschool our dyslexic son I was desperate for information about homeschooling with dyslexia. It was definitely the right decision for us. Thanks for all the encouragement!

  4. Hi, I have gained so much help and insight from your blog but I don’t think I have ever commented before. I am really curious if you would recommend becoming an OG tutor? Have you written any post on that subject- How much work it was for you stuff like that? We just hired a OG tutor and I already see an improvement in my 9 year old son who is profoundly dyslexic and way below grade level. I am very frustrated that I have been teaching him since K and basically I feel like we have not accomplished anything. Its exhausting and frustrating. Thank you so much for this website and your new one, I will be reading along:)! I am homeschool mommy of 6.

    • Marianne Sunderland says:

      Hi Tesha. There are two sides to my answer. If you have a large family, like you and I, it makes sense to get better training so that you can better teach your kids yourself and not run everyone to tutoring appointments. Then on the other hand, it is nice to have a tutor because it takes one thing off of your plate! Also tutoring your own kids can strain your relationship. The tutoring sessions can be hard at times so you have to anticipate that.

      I am really glad that I did the training because I learned SO much. I didn’t think there was that much that I could learn at this point! haha! I learned a lot of techniques and principles that are helping me teach other subjects as well because I have a better understanding of how they learn. I went through the Dyslexia Training Institute in San Diego. It is all online. Excellent program! You finish as a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor. Some less expensive programs can’t actually certify you. Hope this helps! Thanks for your feedback!

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