Homeschooling6 Review: Dyslexia Games
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
I’m really excited to share this next review with you all. Sarah Janisse Brown from Dyslexia Games (The Thinking Tree) sent me via pdf Series B & C.
Sarah is a homeschooling mom of 10. She is also a Dyslexic, ADHD, and Asperger’s Syndrome specialist. She’s not only the creator of Dyslexia Games but also the Homeschooling Journals!
Some of her children have a beautiful gift called Dyslexia. This is what I love about Sarah, she has taught me that dyslexia is something beautiful. People with Dyslexia have wonderful minds.
Dyslexia runs in my family and my husband’s family too. Some family members have severe dyslexia but for the sake of their privacy I won’t go into that.
I will say I struggled a lot in school with reading and math. Two major subjects. School was hard! I didn’t like it because I felt dumb. I feared being called on to read or do a math problem out loud. When the teacher started around the room I would always count how many students before me and figure out which reading passage I was going to have to read. My palms would sweat, my face would become read, and it was horribly embarrassing.
I haven’t been diagnosed or tested but as an adult I have often felt that I have some form of dyslexia. With some of my kids I have felt the same way. Some have struggles with reading, spelling, and math. I have read and read and researched and although we haven’t tested any of the kids I do see signs.
I have blogged in the past of the struggles and challenges with reading, spelling, and math. I have blogged my suspicions that I have suspected my kids may have some unique challenges but this is the first time I've actually put names: Asperger Syndrome, Dyslexia, and Working Memory to what I think has contributed to some of the struggles we’ve faced.
Dyslexia Games and what Sarah also calls Brain Training Therapy helps to strengthen the right side of the brain. Research has shown that when a non dyslexia student learns to read they use the left side of their brain. When a dyslexic student is learning to read they are using their right side.
Therefor the right side of the brain can and must be trained. One way to do this is using Dyslexia Games. Sarah’s uses art, logic, 3D images, and creative thinking to train the brain. The fun exercises is actually training bot sides of the amazing brain.
Series C consist of 8 workbooks to be completed in order. It is suggested that your child complete 3-4 pages a day. Sarah also recommends having your child stop his current Language Arts studies. This way your child will not be stressing with reading, writing, and spelling. They can relax while working through Dyslexia Games. The program takes about 3-4 months (depending on how many pages your child does a day). This makes it a great summer or winter break program, although it can be done anytime of the year.
Book 1- Brain Food: Art Games, puzzles & Mystery Patterns. 30 fun lessons intriguing mind game that sharpen the skills necessary for success in reading, writing, and math!
This book is a lot of fun. As your child is completing puzzles and mystery patterns (which I enjoyed as well) they are really learning how to form letters, correct reversals, and are having fun with it as well. It’s not ‘schoolwork’ but fun games for them.
Little does your child know he’s learning to develop symbol recognition, tracking & thinking skills, and writing skills (pretty awesome).
Book 2 – I.Q. Challenge: Mind Games, Puzzles, and Mysteries. 30 Games, mind teasers to boost intelligence and build a solid foundation for reading, writing, and math.
This book is neat in that it is having the child make lines and patterns after the alphabet but sometimes they are kind of hidden. The kiddos are having fun practicing forming letters and numbers through art. Sarah has done a wonderful job with incorporating symbols, numbers, and letters into the games.
And your child is developing problem solving skills, concentration, intelligence, logic tracking skills, math and memory skills while tapping into the creative area of the child's mind.
Book 3 – Practice Pages 2 (Practice Pages 1 is in Series A) this book has 30 writing worksheets for kids who would rather be climbing trees (yup, sounds familiar!).
After your child has been practicing making slants, squiggles, and drawing cool stuff in the first two books they are ready to practice writing letters. This book does that in a fun non overwhelming way. Each picture has a cute smiley frog to encourage your student to do their best with writing those letters.
Book 4 – Word Hunt 2 (Word Hunt 1 is included in Series A). This book is a fun way for your child to discover how to read and spell. These fun pages have your child hunting around the house for words. Some pages have them find 3 letter words, 4 letter words, and up to 8 letter words.
Book 5 – Animal Art: Mind Training Games for Children Who Love Art and Animals. Your child will develop reading and writing skills while learning to draw animals! About every other page a puzzle pattern is included at the bottom of the page.
Book 6 – Animal Talk: Sweet & Silly Animal Poems, Drawing Games, and Spelling Lessons. In this book you will read a short, sweet poem. Then read it again but this time have the child read back to you. Read the poem a third time together, next see if your child can read it alone.
See, again, how the program is gradually having the child write and read but in a gentle and non threatening way. No phonics or memorizing rules. Just fun brain activating exercises.
Your child is learning tracking skills, memory skills, word recognition and spelling while tapping into the creative area of the child’s mind.
Book 7 – Silly Animal Rhymes: Add your own words to make a silly story even funnier! In the last book your child was adding words that were already given to them. This book has your child thinking of their own words. If your child is not ready for creative writing he can always fill in the missing words instead.
On one page is the story for you to read with child. On the second page is ‘add your own words and pictures to make a silly poem’.
Included is a list of words (nouns, verbs, adjectives) for your child to choose from if he needs help.
Book 8 – Creative Copywork: Learn to write well by copying familiar Rhymes. 45 fun lessons are in this book. Your child will copy fun and familiar rhymes.
Here’s what you will do in this book:
1. Read each poem with your child twice.
2. Study the picture together.
3. On the next page the child will fill in missing words
4. The last exercise has your child copying a section of the poem
Using Dyslexia Games at Homeschooling6: I am using Dyslexia Games with my 5 boys. Ethan and Lance are going on five weeks.
At the time of this review Lance is completing Book 3. Ethan is using two books 4 & 5. The workbooks are suppose to be completed in order. Book 4 is where he’s hunting for words so instead of doing 3 pages of writing words we decided to have him complete 2 pages of Animal Art and 1 page from the Word Hunt 2 book.
Both boys are enjoying Dyslexia Games. We have the pdf format so I print the pages for the boys and one for myself as well. When the boys were both in Book 1 & 2 we would do the pages together. I’d put some classical music on and we’d do our “Brain Games”.
Now that the boys are in different books they pretty much do them on their own. I still print some pages for myself too and work on them when I have a chance.
My husband would rather them not stop their regular schoolwork. Thankfully Sarah has some wonderful journals that we are using. I’m keeping the whole Language Arts thing low-key right now.
I want both boys to complete Series B & C and I’m even thinking of having Lance do Series A. The samples look great and I think it would be good extra practice.
I’m excited to see how the boys improve with reading, spelling, and writing. Lance is already showing progress with writing and forming letters. Before Dyslexia Games his writing was big and his words would float above the line.
Now (unless he’s rushing) his name is on the line and he’s only using one capital letter in his name (the beginning of course). So even though his writing is not what most would expect from a 5th grader it is progress and I am hopeful that as he continues with Dyslexia Games his penmanship will improve.
You can find Dyslexia Games on Facebook and to see how Sarah teaches and uses Dyslexia Games, watch some fun videos she put together (these videos are showing pages from Series A).