If you have a child with learning difficulties, especially dyslexia, then AVKO might be of interest to you. AVKO is a nonprofit organization that produces materials related to spelling, writing, reading and keyboarding. TOS Crew members were asked to review the site and its membership benefits. Many homeschoolers use Sequential Spelling and you will find many supplemental resources for that program at AVKO as well. (View AVKO’s materials list here.)
While I didn’t find this to be a necessity for our homeschool, that isn’t a reflection on AVKO, just on our particular needs. If you have a need for any of AVKO’s printed materials, it is definitely worth the cost of membership for the discount and extras it includes. Membership provides free access to several e-books, supplemental curriculum and discounts on orders. Don McCabe’s workshops are available for members to download in mp3 format, including his talks on dyslexia, spelling, phonics and more – as well as corresponding workshop handouts. (Sample some freebies here: http://www.readingandspelling.org/freebies.html)
Individual membership is $25 per year and includes a 25 percent discount on printed materials. The Reading Teacher’s List of Over 5,500 Basic Spelling Words can be ordered for $29.95 but is a free e-book with membership. That book alone makes AVKO membership a good deal, one which is magnified if you have a child with dyslexia. There are enough free samples on the site to give you a good feel for its content. Take a look and you might end up adding more spelling lessons to your homeschool, like someone else I know….
We received a free trial for review. I was not compensated. My opinions are my own.