The average seven year old girl has very little worries. My daughter, Rebecca, is not average. You see, she has a reading delay. My bright, talented girl happens to be ambidextrous. And, as a result, she often reads forwards and backwards (sometimes alternating mid-sentence). Rebecca can write left of right-handed, though she seems to have more control with her left. She can swing a bat or throw a ball with either hand. Most people think it is a gift to be ambidextrous, but I think that Rebecca might disagree.
You see, these past few months people have taken notice of how slowly Rebecca's reading is progressing (I think it began when she turned 7). At first, I was not too worried, because I know all kids develop differently... that was before the jeering started. Children younger than Becca can almost always read (in homeschool circles, especially). Parents, Grandparents, and children alike seem to take a sick delight in pointing out how Rebecca is not as good as everyone else.
I am literally sick over this issue. I think my migraines have gotten worse, because I know that my seven-year old daughter cannot read. I cry every time she cries... every time someone says something hurtful to her (or within her hearing). She is too young to carry this enormous burden. We pray that God will take away these obstacles, but He does not. We must keep pressing on, regardless of the delays.
I am not writing this to receive advice so much. I have done plenty of research on dyslexia (though if you have something that you have found really helpful you can pass it on). I am writing this, because I never see any bloggers talking about the struggles of homeschooling... and with good reason.... Enemies of homeschooling will likely jump on this post as a reason to put the kids in "real" school.
While I want to promote homeschooling on this blog, I NEVER want to make it look like an easy, walk in the park. Homeschooling is hard. If you want to teach your kids, you will have to be self-disciplined. If you want to teach your kids you will have to be ready for delays along the way. You may even have a child who has some "disability."
I want to be a voice that says "Don't give up! You can do it!" Times will be tough, but just keep pressing on! An education from home will be worth it!