In honor of Tuesdays, and Tell Your Truth Tuesdays like my good friend Carissa usually writes about, I thought I would tell you some truth.
Wait. That doesn't sound good. That sounds like every other day, I'm not telling the truth...
Well, surely you know what I mean. Right?
Here's the deal: I haven't written much lately, and I'm sorry. There are lots of reasons why I haven't written...but since I love lists, I'll sum it up in 3 reasons.
1. I haven't had anything brilliant to say. (Uh...unlike other days, when I have LOTS of brilliant things??? I think not!!) Call it a slump, a writer's block, a search for more writing purpose. In the almost 3 years I've written this blog, I've been faithful to write fresh material 4-5 days every week. In the last 6 months or so, I've been extending myself extra grace and permission not to write, when family and life have taken precedence.
Which brings me to #2...
2. For the first time in 7 years, I haven't been in charge of my 7th grade daughter's education. This has been a wonderful change and transition into public school for Rebecca. However, not teaching Rebecca has also been a transition for me. I had NO IDEA how stressful, and out-of-control our lives had gotten in the past couple of years. I am grateful for the intense curriculum schedule our daughters' homeschool academy required these past 3 years, but it also took a toll on our family--and me.
For the first time in at least 4 years, I am taking a much more relaxed approach to schooling. (I am still homeschooling our youngest in 2nd grade.) I have spent these first 2 1/2 months of school breathing easier, and tackling some home projects that I haven't had time for.
This relaxed approach (to schooling AND to life) has helped me regain my passion for educating and engaging my daughter's creative little mind.
Which brings me to #3... (It's funny how all of this is connected!)
3. I have been on a year-long search for the best way to help my sweet little 2nd grader learn. I started noticing some gaps in her learning last year--in de-coding words, spelling, and handwriting. Not only was her homeschool academy teacher noticing these gaps as well, but Sara Beth was starting to feel "behind" and "not as smart" as some of the other kids in her class.
I knew Sara Beth was really smart--I just knew there was something "not clicking" with phonics and handwriting. I can't tell you the number of hours and topics I've googled, as well as the number of educators' brains I've picked, trying to figure out what her issue is, and how best to help her.
We decided to keep Sara Beth home from the homeschool academy this year, so that she can gain some confidence as we find the key to her learning gaps. I've visited with some educational specialists, and recently had her tested by a vision therapy specialist. We are still waiting on some conclusive results, but I can see that we are on the RIGHT PATH, and there is SUCCESS in Sara Beth's near future!! Hooray!!!
In case any of you are struggling with learning issues with your little ones, I'll mention some of my FAVORITE DISCOVERIES on this journey so far. I promise to write a whole post soon on these educational discoveries!!! But, in the meantime, I'll just list them, in case you want to check them out.
Handwriting Without Tears - Love. Sometimes we don't even do a full lesson. We do just enough for Sara Beth to experience success, before feeling frustrated and tired.
Five in a Row - In keeping with our relaxed learning this year, this program has been a wonderful tool for gleaning some geography, social studies, art, and language arts from beautifully illustrated story books we read together. We don't do it every day--we just use this resource to enrich our school week.
Being more committed to reading interesting books to Sara Beth every. single. day. I want her to love reading. The best way I can keep that desire kindled in her while she deals with some learning and vision frustrations, is to READ TO HER. Read to her interesting and exciting books--that she begs me to "read just one more chapter, Mom!"
Okay, that's enough truth for your Tuesday. *smile*
What's YOUR truth today?
Image credit: A Young Girl Reading, Jean-Honore' Fragonard, National Gallery of Art