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19 February 4:00 am
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This is a guest blog post from Nessy Reading Spelling.  Did you see?  They have two listings in Homeschool.com’s FREEBIE FEBRUARY event.

Learn more about Nessy and dyslexia www.nessy.com/us

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Homeschool Inspired My Company

There is a boy who hates school. Every Friday he has a spelling test and every Friday he gets zero out of 20 and every Friday he has to say his score aloud and is laughed at by the whole class. He is called ‘stupid’ and ‘dumb’ and he believes it because even though he copies from his friend he can’t even do that properly.

That boy was me. I was lucky. My mom was a math teacher and realised something was wrong. She got me assessed, found out I had dyslexia and decided to teach me at home. School will never be an easy place for dyslexics but after a few years of intensive help at home I went back to school and I never looked back.

My mom realized that to make things stick you have to be inventive. You have to develop strategies. So that’s exactly what she did, she created a bunch of strategies to help me learn.

She had learned how to teach children with dyslexia and so she started a learning Center. After finishing college I joined her. It was incredible to see how quickly kids can learn once they are taught in the right way. Learning with games kept the children happy and motivated.

I realized what I had to do, that my passion was to help as many children with dyslexia as possible. With the internet you can reach everyone. Together we created Nessy – an online program for kids with reading disabilities like dyslexia.

“Nessy is much more than a game. It is a teaching program.”

The first strategy that we made into a Nessy video helps children understand syllables. You can’t imagine in your head what a syllable looks like. This makes it very hard for a dyslexic to remember. We made a character called Silly Bull. When a bull gets angry, before it will charge it paws the ground. Silly bull beats the ground to sound out the syllables. You can make this funny, the kids can act it out and because they can imagine a Silly Bull. They have a mental ‘hook’ that they can hang that memory on.

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It wasn’t until much later that I realized what a huge commitment it is for a parent to home school. It is not an easy option but I can honestly say it turned my life around. Nessy wouldn’t be here today, helping kids with dyslexia, if I hadn’t been home schooled so here is a big thank you to all you home schooling parents! If you aren’t fully appreciated now then you will be when your kids grow up.

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Mike Jones is the founder of Nessy Learning

Learn more about Nessy and dyslexia www.nessy.com/us

Any Homeschool.com visitors that decide they would like to purchase Nessy Reading Spelling from the Nessy Store should quote ‘homeschool’ when asked to enter a coupon code to receive a 20% discount.

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