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Please read through this page and learn a little bit about us, what we do, and why we do it. And make sure to read to the end so you can participate in the conversation!
Cheers, Emily Boever
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When Matt and I decided to homeschool the kids, we thought we knew what to expect. After all, my background was in education. Sure, I had taught high schoolers, but how hard could it be to teach little kids how to read, write, and spell? Well, for the first few years, the answer was "This Is Pretty Dang Easy!"
I was a pro, a natural, a gifted reading teacher! And, good news: if you teach a kid to read, the kid can start teaching himself all sorts of other things. Like history, and science, and why Middle Earth is amazing.
What were all these homeschool moms complaining about? This thing is a cinch!
And then one day, it wasn't. Because one day I sat down to teach the next child in line how to read. One month later, we were still on page 5. Something wasn't working. It was the same curriculum. Same teaching method. Opposite result. So I did the only thing a self-respecting mom could do, I blamed myself.
I was a rank amateur, a failure, a fake, masquerading as a reading teacher! And, bad news: if you can't teach a kid to read, the kid can't learn anything from a book by themselves...and I can't be there all day to read aloud, not even about Middle Earth!
Homeschooling became a real source of worry. And the worst thing about it was, I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO FIX IT. I crossed my fingers and hoped that this problem would resolve on its own if I put in more effort and gave it more time.
Time didn't help. In fact, the more time when by, the more frustrated my child and I got. None of this made sense. My child was so smart, was wildly creative, and was in no obvious way inferior to the older siblings who had learned to read so effortlessly. But the fact remained: after a year of extraordinary effort on both of our parts, we had only progressed a quarter of the way through the reading curriculum... and things were just not sticking!
It was at this point that my parents came to visit. My mom listened to my stories of reading woes and examined some writing samples. "What you are telling me sounds like dyslexia," she said. Now it really was time to panic. How could my child have dyslexia? That was the low point in this story, though. Because after I decided not to ignore the possibility of dyslexia, I plunged headfirst into everything I could get my hands on about dyslexia.
Through research and contemplation of my own experience, I came to realize the challenges of dyslexia & how to help my child overcome them, and the implicit strengths of dyslexia & how to help my child harness them.
Mostly though, I realized what it really means that each of my kids was created by God with unique challenges and strengths, and that God built them that way for a unique purpose.
That lesson continues to play a major role in our family since we boast 4 talented kids without dyslexia, 3 talented kids with dyslexia, and 1 kid with Down syndrome who has the biggest talent of all: that kid was born to love!
Homeschooling has brought our family so many blessings. Some of them we knew would come. But most of them have come from very unexpected places.
The easy triumphs and difficult struggles (personally & academically) have shaped us. We are staring to see a much bigger world that includes surprising ways to love each other and surprising ways to seek God's unique will in each of our lives.
We are still learning those lessons, slowly and at times stubbornly. It really is a journey. And it's a journey we want to share with you! After much trial and error, I've put together my best advice on homeschooling a child with dyslexia. If you're interested in learning more, click below and get started!
Now it's your turn. If you want to share your journey, or if you have questions about the next step to take, we want to hear from you. Consider leaving a comment below or engaging with someone else who has!
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