homeschool reading programs

Gemm For Homeschool

Intensive reading help at home

If your child is a struggling reader or avoids reading, mainstream homeschool reading programs will not be enough.  Standard homeschool reading curriculum generally assume your child is a willing reader and has the pre-reading cognitive skills to progress at the same pace as other homeschooled children.

If this is not your child, then you will need a program that allows for a different learning path. Specifically, a homeschool reading program that builds the foundations of reading first.

A program that tries to fill in your child’s cognitive skill gaps, that goes after the impediments to reading at their source. Then reading can be easier, more automatic. From there, everything else comes more comfortably.

This is how Gemm Learning works, an approach that has helped many homeschool families.

We provide Fast ForWord, a series of rapid-fire language, cognitive and reading exercises that have the intensity required to move the needle, to accelerate cognitive and reading development.   

Why Gemm For Homeschool?

While Gemm Learning does not provide a complete homeschool curriculum, it is an intervention that works well for homeschool families:

  • Live coaching and support
  • Adaptive software, children don’t get stuck
  • We create individualized plans

Our program managers monitor activity every day, check in on a regular cycle or as needed and provide remote coaching. We send weekly reports, completion certificates and background information on the science behind our programs.

Fast ForWord is used in schools – in Special Education with IEPs — and in clinician offices.  Gemm Learning provides Fast ForWord at home using the same approach. It’s the equivalent of sending your child out for services, except you can manage it yourself, at home, as part of your normal daily routine.

Our Homeschool Reading Program

Early Reading and Phonics

Rather than using a phonics program or spending hours with flash cards — all intended to work around an underlying cognitive weakness — our program works on phonological and language processing.  It helps students process more quickly and more accurately, making them more phonics aware, reading-enabled.

Our goal is to provide a reading makeover that will prepare your child for learning phonics and reading. Without this fundamental cognitive improvement, reading will always be a challenge.

Reading Comprehension

Most reading comprehension difficulties are caused by inefficient decoding (reading). The reader is concentrating so hard on reading the text, there is little available mind-space for extracting meaning (comprehension). Gemm Learning has a two-step program:

  1. Make decoding automatic. If a student is able to decode effortlessly, subconsciously, like riding a bike, his or her brain is able to fully focus on comprehension. Our program removes the cognitive impediments to reading automaticity.
  2. Reading comprehension. Once our program has improved reading fluency our homeschool reading programs focus on reading comprehension and accuracy — undoing prior bad reading habits, instruction on language structure, vocabulary and syntax, and practice in reading comprehension, both literal and inferential.

We vary our homeschool supplemental reading programs by age and according to the needs of each child.

Understanding If Your Homeschool Child Might Need Help

Separating a perfectly normal slow start to reading  from a more serious reading difficulty that will not likely resolve itself is not easy.  See if any of the reading problems here fit your child.

Or take our free online reading assessment that can give you a good idea of where your child stands. It takes about 30 minutes.

“My daughter has been at the program for almost five months. I have seen a big improvement in all aspects of learning. Most of all her reading and understanding has been awesome. This program has been such a blessing for us that I have recommended it to a few people. My daughter has had a great time with all the games and the rewards. So, a big THANK YOU!!!!! You have given “hope” to my child.”

Jen L.

Parent of 1st grader



Online reading test