Marianne Sunderland

Marianne Sunderland

Marianne Sunderland is a homeschooling mother of eight unique children ages 7 to 26 including adventurous and homeschooled sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, known for their record-setting around the world sailing campaigns. Seven of her eight children are dyslexic, thus Marianne is a passionate dyslexia advocate with a heart to educate and encourage families. She desires that families discover and nurture their children’s God-given gifts and talents, in and outside of the classroom.   Marianne’s website, Homeschooling with Dyslexia dot com, provides weekly articles on homeschooling kids with ADD, ADHD, and Dyslexia that will bless and encourage you.

Marianne’s Workshop Sessions 


Getting Started Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties 

With wisdom and understanding, Marianne offers encouragement in making the decision to homeschool. She will equip you to answer critics who insist schools are the educational experts, tell you how to overcome common emotional issues for parents and kids, share the legalities of home education, and give you tips for finding local support.  Marianne will share the truth about the state of special education in public schools, tips on finding and identifying homeschool curriculum for the dyslexic student, and strategies for getting it all done. She will also discuss teaching methods, when to get help in the form of diagnostic testing and educational therapy, and how to balance accommodations and remediations. 

Avoiding and Overcoming Homeschool Burnout 

Marianne provides encouragement to step back from a busy mom’s everyday tasks and get her eye on the big picture. Learn how to know the warning signs and to avoid burnout and how to create priorities and work towards meaningful goals for the whole family and you, Mom. 

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made   

Homeschooling is the perfect opportunity to observe the learning styles and unique gifts and talents of each of your children.  This session will explain the eight intelligences and how to observe them in your children. God has created us all uniquely for a purpose. Understand your children’s individuality better, so that you can teach them more effectively. 

You Can Homeschool Your Child with Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia; Identifying, Accommodating, and Remediating 

Homeschooling struggling learners is not only possible but one of the best things you can do for them. Learn the common signs of each of these learning differences, as well as suggestions for accommodation, remediation, and homeschool modifications.  Marianne will provide a list of trusted resources and share suggestions for identifying reliable resources.

Raising Kids with Vision   

As the mother of teen sailors Zac and Abby Sunderland, Marianne is often asked what their homeschooling experiences were and what enabled their 16-year-olds to challenge themselves with sailing alone around the world.  The secret of their success is readily available to all. Hear how Marianne and her husband nurtured their children’s God-given dreams, passions, and talents, and in doing so, helped their children find their own calling. Discover how to avoid the pitfalls that thwart us in following God’s unique calling for us. Open your eyes to a world of God-inspired possibilities. 

Help for the Hopelessly Unorganized Child:  Homeschooling Kids with ADD or ADHD 

Do you have a child who is hopelessly unorganized with their belongings—and even with their thoughts? Do they have difficulty starting and completing projects? These issues stem from poor executive function skills. Find out what executive function is, how it affects organizational skills, and most importantly, how you can teach your SEEMINGLY hopelessly unorganized child to grow in this area. 


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