"Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education." ~ Charlotte Mason

Friday, October 15, 2010

Our new home school schedule has been going wonderfully these past three weeks.  School is getting done and not only getting done, but FUN! :)  We're having a good time being together as a family. :)   Our challenge these past few weeks has been with Grey.  He's been having some problems with place value and inverting numbers in math.  I've had the sense for a little while that something hasn't been right with math as we've introduced some new concepts.  Upon doing research I've realised that he most likely has dyscalculia (similar to dyslexia but having to do specifically with mathematical abilities and the way in which a person views math).  The more I delved into it the more convinced I became.  We've been taking math very slow and are going back over some concepts until they will be firmly entrenched.  I received my book in the mail that deals with dyscalculia yesterday and have already read through quite a bit of it.  As I read through it the problems my son is having are right there - on every single page.  I am relieved that the things we have noticed with him are finally making sense - even outside our regular 'math' time.  I also feel like I can help him now with the teaching aids I am being given.  The book is primarily for teachers in a classroom setting.  I have a huge advantage in the sense that my time is clearly ear marked toward my son during math time.  Add to that the advantage of being able to weave this approach throughout the day with him makes for a more complete and whole teaching approach.  Grey has had his struggles with diet and sight (he is celiac and has very poor eyesight) so we'll just take it as we have - in stride, knowing that God is in control and working everything out. What has consistently amazed me is how God answers prayer for him and that the answers haven't been long coming.  I know my little guy is covered and that he has a Heavenly Father who loves him so much.  And I feel beyond blessed that the Lord gives me wisdom and strength to fulfill the call He has given me - to home school my children, care for their needs and build them up.  My initial response was "My little man just can't catch a break, there's always something."  But as I concentrate on giving it to the Lord I am filled with the hope and peace that only comes from Him.  He will give me all that I need to help our son; in whatever form that requires.  Ultimately, I know God is in control and in the midst of challenge there is great blessing to be had by leaning on HIS strength.


  1. It is wonderful to see your growth. You are my Faith rock. No matter the trials you go through you find the Lord in it and work through it.


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