• Homework or Practice Ideas:

    Remember to keep your child on a schedule, offer breaks if needed. They will feel accomplished and so will you!

    • Chunk the work into smaller parts

      • Timers can help break time into manageable breaks

    • Keep routines: 

      • the same spot for homework

      • the same time daily
    • Fluency practice- after they have read the book and are comfortable, set a timer for 1 minute and have students try to read the book as far as they can.

    • Comprehension-can they retell the story?  Try and have the student act out or draw what they remember.

    •  Then time them again, make it fun.(Remember, repeated reading builds fluency).


    How to Choose Books:

    • Preview the books of interest together and read them together if support is needed

    • Encourage highly visual books that provide support with pictures

    • Look for nonfiction books in areas of high interest because your student will probably have background knowledge that helps with unfamiliar words.

    • Choosing books in a series enables the reader to be familiar with characters and topics and make connections to previous books read

    • Preview using ebooks allows the reader to review/ research titles or topics they may be interested in. 


    Reading Together:

    • You can read with your child using a variety of ways:

      • Each take a page to read

      • Read through an ereader such as Learning Ally 

      • Listen to a book being read online and read along in text

    • Practice sounds, find vowel patterns & sight words.

    • Practice breaking words into syllables via movement.


    For the second 15 minutes, read to your child.

    • This exposes them to:
      • time with you 

      • a good model for reading 

      • vocabulary that they will not find in their “just right” books. 

    Other Reading Ideas:

    • Have them follow along with their eyes as you read, (they will begin to recognize new words).
    • You can also have them choral read along with you.
    • This helps with fluency.You can trade off reading pages.
    • Share online read alouds and follow along with the book
    • Read books on Apps or Websites 

    Learning Ally:

    • Thousands of audio booksRead books at your child’s interest level
    • Supports vocabulary growth and fluency
    • Your child should have access to Learning Ally through their dyslexia teacher
    • Access to Learning Ally is now available through Class Link so students can access the app with their single sign in.
    • https://learningally.org/

    Spelling Ideas:

    • Segment, Say, Write
    • Use manipulatives
    • Draw pictures
    • Use a different color to highlight the spelling pattern

    Writing Ideas:

    • Set a timer for 5-10 minutes, child does free writing
    • Parent child interactive writing journals, write notes back and forth
    • Make the shopping list, check off items as they are put in the cart
    • Write a thank you note
    • Happy notes on sticky notes
    • Quick Write Lists: for example (would you choose hamburger/hotdog, summer/winter, etc.)
    • Write with smelly markers, or practice tracing letters or words that are difficult.

    Summarizing Ideas:

    • The story was about (who)
    • It took place (when and where)
    • (What happened) because (why)

    This helps your child understand and explain the story.   It is also a great chance to have your child practice verbal and written expression.


    They make learning fun and interactive!

    • Kinetic Sand
    • Thinking Putty
    • Silly Putty
    • Stress Balls
    • Magnetic Letters
    • Shaving Cream
    • Sand/Salt/Kool-aid
    • Stamps
    • Playdough
    • Chalk