Category: Reading Disabilities


Create A Family Passion for Reading

Beating Reading Difficulties

by Judy Waitley, past board member of HECOA Special Needs Advisory Board

Approximately 10 million children in the United States alone suffer from reading disabilities.  Not only does this affect their ability to learn to read but it affects every area of their lives.  Out of the 10 million children that are diagnosed with reading disabilities, Read More…

Homeschooling Special Needs Conference

The dates for the 2015 HECOA Special Needs Conference are:  December 1-5, 2015

What is the cost?  Who can attend? How do I register?

You can join HECOA's Basic Membership for FREE and attend this conference for free during December 1-5, 2015.  Anyone who is home educating or contemplating home education is welcome to our membership.  Although the name of our organization has "America" in it, we have thousands of members from all over the world.  So if you do not live in the U.S., you are still welcome to join and attend.

Where do I find the live sessions?

Live sessions do not begin until December 1st.  All members will receive email notifications about the sessions, and you will be able to access them from your member dashboard.

What if I miss it? How do I catch the replays?

You can join HECOA's PLUS membership and have complete access to over 150 replays of sessions from all our online conferences for a full year. 


Reading Strategies for the Non Reader

Words with Friends

Vocabulary Builder Tip:

This past month in the Facebook feeds, there's a photo circulating of a family Christmas postcard where all the members of the family are looking down and texting at their cell phones instead of smiling at the camera.  All you see is the top of their heads.  Of course, the photo is meant to "relate" and be humorous.

Are your kids hooked on technology? Rather than fight the battle for a glimpse of their eyes, why not implement lessons using the very technology they love?

I'm not someone who plays games on Facebook, I never have time nor do I want to get hooked.  But there is one app that I installed on my android phone that I absolutely love – it's called Words with Friends (by Zynga).  There's lots of Youtube videos explaining what an "app" is – so I'm not going to hit on that in this post.

I did not download Words with Friends from Facebook, something about clicking on Facebook games still scares me (hackers abound in that realm).  Instead, I downloaded it from the apps marketplace and then connected it to my Facebook account. 

Basically, Words with Friends is a scrabble game.  You can choose to play with your friends (connecting through a variety of social networks and email hosts) or you can play with random strangers (not my choice, but some people don't mind).  All the points are the same as Scrabble.  After you submit each word, there's an ad that pops up, but you can get away from it rather quickly. 

The fun thing about Words with Friends is that you can try different scenarios and if it's not a word, the app will let you know.  So many words I didn't even know existed!  One way to implement this into a vocabulary lesson is to have your child look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary and gain an understanding of the definition.  Words such as "Za" and "Qi" are actually worth a lot of points if played strategically!

If you have a hand held device that has the capability to download apps, Words with Friends is a great way to get your kids thinking about words all day.  Have fun and happy wording!