Time flies when…You’re having fun! You knew that already didn’t you?
Well it’s been just over a month since I’ve blogged, and I can tell you it’s because I have been having A BLAST!
We learned a few months back that my daughter is dyslexic. Praise God! I sound crazy, right? Well it feels like a giant blessing to now understand (sort of) what is going on and why her work wasn’t progressing at grade level.
She was tested, and the letter from the optometrist came in the mail…Yes, we were dealing with dyslexia.
Initially after the diagnosis I was crushed. I felt very defeated. I first felt like she would never learn to read, and certainly not at her level. I think I cried for almost 2 days before I came to terms with it and did what I knew I should do “Let go and let God”.
That’s when I started to do research on Dyslexia and how her brain may be processing things. Yes, this diagnosis makes perfect sense! If you’re having trouble following along with what everyone else is reading you might as well be looking outside at the birds or twirling your hair, right? At least if you’re 8 that’s what you’d do.
It was that nasty attitude of mine that kept us from success. I should’ve known better, but I was caught up in the moment of feeling sorry for myself.
I felt like a terrible mother for not being able to teach my daughter. I was disappointed in myself for leaving her education up to the school.
Then I grew up and got over it.
Flash forward a few months. We’ve been doing vision therapy with the eye doctor, which my daughter thinks is supper fun (at least most of it). We set up a bedroom in our house as a “homeschool room” and bought lots and lots of curriculum when it was on sale.
All of this is seriously fascinating to me. The transformation has been remarkable.
Once I took on an attitude of gratitude we saw big changes.
On her first try my princess read Barbie: Story Collection in 53 minutes, this week it was in 24 minutes! She shaved 29 minutes off of her time!! And best of all, she did it without crying or giving up! Oh and she actually read it herself, no help!
I love teaching my children! My 3 year old is sort of liking learning, but it’s been a big adjustment for him. Right now he’s doing lots of fun things and learning his letters. We’re working on ways to keep him busy while his sister is studying. I am happy to say we have only a couple of times had to do this with using TV as a distraction, otherwise he is learning right along side of her!
We’re going to keep trying out homeschool through the summer and possibly into the school year. It has been such a rewarding experience for all of us and brought our family so much closer together.
My husband has been a great support and even enjoys teaching too!
This has been a wonderful summer!