Life, Love and Dyslexia


Are you educating a creative child?


Tips, Tricks and Wisdom from Sarah Janisse Brown

Mom, Educator, Dyslexia Specialist and Founder of Thinking Tree Books 

Do you feel like you have tried everything, and your child still struggles just to read and write?

 I am a homeschooling mother, and I felt the same way when my eight year old daughter, Anna Miriam Brown, couldn't even tell the difference between the letters “b” and “d”.  We had tried everything!

I was losing confidence in my ability to homeschool, and my daughter was beginning to feel like she was "stupid" compared to other kids her age.  What really upset her was the fact that her younger sister was reading "real books" and she was lef...

Did you know? Brain research shows that Non-Dyslexics use the left brain when reading. Brain scans reveal an absence of activity in the left brain when struggling dyslexics attempt to read. Research also shows that when a dyslexic person learns to read the brain activity is seen in the RIGHT SIDE of the brain, and not the left. 

The right brain must learn to compensate for the absence of activity in the left brain. 

SO, how does this information impact the way we teach dyslexic students? The right brain can be trained to read! But the right brain...

Stop for a moment and look up from your computer.  All around you are things that were designed by someone.  Even the webpage in front of you was designed.  Your computer was designed.  The room you are sitting in, the clothing you are wearing?  Everything was designed, and chances are they were designed by a person with the gift of being able to think visually.

Some people are able to imagine something in their minds that has not yet been created.  They are able to  envision a better way of doing things.  They are able to envisi...



Your child doesn't learn like other kids.  He has to be on the go.  She is always creating something new.  He just wants to play... ALL THE TIME.  She's not interested in textbooks, but she likes computers.  He is in his own world.  She loves field trips and hates sitting still. She can't stop talking. He daydreams. She doodles. She is perfect.  He is perfect. They just have a different way of learning....

By Bette Fetter 


Dyslexia is a learning “disability” with strong ties to visual-spatial learning. Dyslexics think in pictures, struggle with language and may even struggle with sequencing. These learners can have brilliant visual-spatial abilities and need some extra help developing reading and literacy skills.



These are a few activities you can do at home to help your child improve their learning skills and gain confidence:


  • Clay models for non-picture words – Dyslexic kids are visual learners and need images to connect to the words they a...

By: Marianne Sunderland


If you homeschool a child with dyslexia, you know that they are a breed of their own when it comes to learning.  Being as far to the left on the right-left brain continuum, it took me some time to figure out that this group of kids are actually a joy to teach.  They absolutely thrive in the right environment.  Once I stepped away from the textbook, workbook, test mentality, our family began to live and learn like never before.


A large part of successfully homeschooling a dyslexic child is teaching to their strengths...

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