Homeschooling Children Who Learn Differently
I still remember when the Lord called my family to homeschool back in 1998. I was working as a nurse and my oldest son was enrolled at a wonderful public school by our house. Through a series of events I found myself attending a homeschool orientation. I walked out of that 3 hour seminar changed forever. I knew that I knew, that I KNEW that this is what I was supposed to do with my life.
Thirteen years later and I wouldn’t change one thing. However, there was ONE thing I didn’t know back then. I had no idea that I was going to have a child with a significant learning disability. Much less, THREE sons with learning disabilities.
I am so glad I didn’t know because it probably would have freaked me out. All these years later and I wouldn’t change one thing. Where they might struggle to take in information academically they are hyper talented in other areas. One of my boys can take his pencil, put it to paper and make his drawings come to life. Another one of my boys can get up on a stage with a microphone and cause an entire group of adults to go from laughing to crying in less than 60 seconds and my youngest son may not be able to understand long division but he has a special understanding of God’s word and heart of evangelism.
Homeschooling children who learn differently has been one of the single greatest things I’ve ever done with my life.
Teachable moments are so very precious. They are those moments that you can’t plan, can’t anticipate, they just happen.
I remember recently my son came to me concerned about an online history lesson he had completed. The story was talking about different idols and Gods and since this did not line up with our families faith he had felt uncomfortable.
For a “moment” I felt a little angry that this lesson would teach these things to my child. It had put something in his little brain that I was not ready for him to be exposed to. However, as I stopped and thought it through, I realized that this was an excellent opportunity for me to talk about why our family believes the way it does. It was a teachable moment. Looking back I now see that this turned out to be a HUGE moment in this child’s life.