Sunday, February 1, 2015

Home schooling and learning difficulties - 3/52 Things I made 2015

This year is our second year of home schooling and it's also my Lil girls first proper year of learning, so I have been gearing up to start making resources to help her learn her basics.

I've been wanting a Laminator for ages! And now that I have one its all go go go go, creating learning binders etc, to assist her with processing all this information.

My children's learning is not something I mention much about on my blog, but it's something that's a big part of lives....learning in all areas of life as well. 
 Around here it's not just about presenting all the basic academic information in a format my children understand, a good part of it is also teaching social rules. 

You see, my kids all have learning difficulties to varying degrees, which has been a huge focus for us in the last couple of years.  

Last years absence on my blog was the result of one of those....2014 was consumed by an added condition on top of another, and it was a dark year to say the least! Thankfully we are on the other end of that journey and things look brighter than they were. 

 However last year we got a second diagnosis for my little girl, amongst it all.

 I had been in denial for many years, quite aware that something was amiss from when she was as young as 6 months....that's when alarm bells starting ringing, I'd 'been here before' I thought, but I pushed those thoughts away, denying what I knew deep down.  
Then when she was close to 3yrs and her speech and language was not on track compared to her peers I started the process of involving a Speech Language Therapist, which in turn led us to her second diagnosis late last year and a sigh of relief to put the naysayers in their place...there is always the naysayers isn't there?!

And throughout this journey, we have been involved in many courses, I have read so many books and scoured the internet on these subjects, that all I want now is a good fictional book to absorb myself in! since reading non fiction is not my strong suit, unlike my eldest who loves it!

But instead because of our hard work, I find myself now, armed with a plethora of information, a laminator and a big roll of Velcro dots! 

So this term we are learning the alphabet!  I'm pretty sure she will have many of these figured out quickly, since thankfully she is a very quick learner! ( and she will keep me on my toes ) 
It's just all comes down to how the information needs to be presented.  What my little girl may lack in auditory processing, she certainly makes up for it in processing visually!
So now we have the key, its our time to unlock the door!


BigLittle said...Best Blogger Tips

You are so inspiring Laura x

Susan C. said...Best Blogger Tips

You are just amazing. But the love, the bonding, the love.....these are the upsides. I have a friend I met on Facebook....long story...anyway she has a now grown son with autism, he is the most cheeky, funny and gentle soul I have met...apart from my own wonderful son of course!
We met in person finally and I know that her life has not been all beer and skittles but when they are together she illustrated how she would not have it any other way. He turned to her at dinner and said, " Mum you will never have to worry about being alone as you get older, I will never let that happen" ....beleive me when you show a child such deep love, they know, they always know.

Schulz Family said...Best Blogger Tips

You are amazing. SO many people would push the kids out the door everyday for a "break" and let someone else take on the hard task and then criticise them. I could not do what you do. Hats off to you. You are an amazing mum

Lyn said...Best Blogger Tips

I read this and it echoes of my own journey home schooling through difficult learning obstacles. people don't realise the second-guessing that goes on (even through the endless hours of internet research that we do to arm ourselves with the best tools) but we do it out of a place that knows it is the best option for our kids at the time, to be taught at home and give them the intensive support and attention they need to have the best chance at success. You are absolutely doing the right thing - I have no regrets after 2 years teaching at home - it set my daughter up perfectly and allowed her the space and time she needed to catch up. You will not fail Laura. Nor will they. Trust in the process, get into a routine of doing school each day, and watch them as they soar. Bless you heaps xx.

Sammy said...Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing. And a massive thank you for making me and the family feel normal, what an amazing gift. That there is someone else out there like me in so many ways who battles similar things to me. You are a treasure xox

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