“1….2…3…!!!!” This is all I have said ALL day long. I feel like my vocabulary consists of “no, stop, quit, do what you’re told, stop that, don’t do that again, if you do that one more time…. .” Oh my gosh! I promise I have a more extensive vocabulary, but with three fighting boys, that is all it consists of on a daily basis. Maybe that is why I started a blog. To use big people words. 🙂
Friday is our testing day. So today we tested on our BIble verse, history lesson (Zaccheus), vocabulary, spelling, and math. Andrew did really well. I’m very proud of his progression, and I hope and pray it continues. However, he shows so many signs of dyslexia it’s almost absurd. The company we are using to have him tested finally called back today, only to say they are booked until the end of May. Which is fine with me, as long as we can get some answers. The signs of dyslexia can be misinterpreted, but he has been screened twice and has failed both screenings….which points to dyslexia. His reading, writing, spelling, and math habits all suggest dyslexia. For instance, to him the word “cool” is pronounced “look.” That is the easiest way to explain it. And that actually happened today, so it’s an honest example. Regardless, he is doing well with homeschooling and one on one learning.
Mitchell will begin hs in August. We have prayed about this extensively and feel this is best for him. I want my children to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord, not of this world. If that means they are labeled as “different,” well, what middle aged child isn’t? I have received a lot of “suggestions”(?) that hs will cause them to be stunted socially. That they will not have as many friends. And that it is not good for them to be away from other kids, because when they grow up they won’t know how to function in society. Well, as I said in my first blog….I’m honest to a fault, so let me address this now, so I don’t get 100 emails about it later.
Homeschooling is the choice of the parents of the child being homeschooled. It is not for anyone else to comment on. If I needed anyone else’s help making this choice, I would have asked before pulling them out of traditional school. As for socializing….personally, my children play baseball and basketball, attend church regularly, and have friends and family outside of school. We are also part of a hs co-op. So I am pretty sure they will get more socialization skills than your child. A lot of the problems in this world, especially this country, arise with socialization in the first place. The wrong kind of socialization. At least when my kids are with other children, parents, field trips, etc, I will be there. I won’t have to worry if someone is going to pick on them without me knowing it. I will also know who they are hanging out with, and if they are of good character. We want our children to grow and learn and play and be kids. But most of all, we want them to love the Lord, first and foremost. If they accomplish nothing but this, then we consider ourselves successful parents. So I assure you, unless we specifically ask for your opinion, feel free not to offer it. We never make decisions about our children’s future without much prayer and careful consideration.
On a positive note, I met a neighbor who is hs also! She is joining the same co-op I am in. We let our kids play for a bit, and were able to talk about hs. It’s encouraging to have another hs mom so close by 🙂
Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child up in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”