This boy. He amazes me. Absolutely amazes me. Overall, school has been difficult for him for several years, but learning has not. Sounds like an oxymoron, but if you know Tucker – you know what I mean. He loves to learn. He is constantly observing, investigating, exploring, inventing – learning. I wish I could take the credit as a good teacher, but he is 90% self-taught. Smart does not begin to describe his intelligence. But would you believe me if I told you tears come to his eyes & lump in his throat whenever he tries to read? Would you believe me if told you we’ve tried to memorize multiplication facts for over a year? Would you believe it if I told you he still writes some of his letters & numbers backwards? Would you believe me if I told you he was completely discouraged academically & I felt like I was completely failing him?
I’ve suspected for a long time that he had some level of dyslexia, but never found the opportunity to have him tested. Like most, I just continued repeating step 1 over & over & over again, praying each time he would get it. Only for both of us to become more discouraged. But then he read. He read well. I noticed the book was on a colorful page, the font was simple & large print & the story interested him. I realized I didn’t need a diagnosis to start aiding him as if he was. I found a new curriculum specifically for dyslexia & another math program that had great reviews for dyslexic children.
Y’all – he finished his first workbook of a series in just 2 weeks with flying colors!
And today he watched the math facts video & in less than an hour had memorized almost half his upper multiplication. I am so proud of him, but what I am the most proud of is the smile on his face & the confidence that came with it.
Homeschooling is hard. Homeschooling kids with learning challenges is even harder, but I just want to encourage those of you who are there – it is possible! And the reward from all the sweat & tears is totally worth it!!