A few Nevers that God found funny:
I'm Never going to drive a minivan.
My car is NEVER going to be messy and filthy.
Our kids will NEVER sleep in our bed.
My kids are NEVER going to have a video game console.
My kids are NEVER going to watch (fill-in-the-blank – too many options to list).
I'm sure there are many more, but you get the gist.
It's true. We have decided to homeschool the boys.
Say what you will about homeschooling….I've said it all myself over the years.
I REALLY did not plan to take this route in their educational journeys, but we've come to the conclusion that we don't have any other options at this time, and after much prayer I feel certain this is the right path at this time.
Both the boys are challenged by dyslexia. This not a disability, but a challenge, and we have the tools to help them thanks to the knowledge we have gained from Groves Academy.
My older son had the opportunity to attend Groves Academy, a wonderful school here in the Twin Cities, last year that teaches our bright and gifted and challenged students. And I can't say enough good things about this exceptional school. However, it is terribly expensive, as one might imagine, and we came to the conclusion that we could not continue on paying this amount of money month after month, year after year, without being completely drained financially, let alone enroll two kids there.
After just one year at this amazing school, being taught using the Wilson Reading program, my very smart, but challenged third grader, started really reading, finishing chapter book after chapter book, getting 100% on his spelling test…test after test, and he participated in and earned 3rd place in his lower school's spelling bee. WOW! We were blown away.
We are so sorry for him to end his time at Groves Academy so quickly, but are also so thankful for all that he accomplished in that year!
Unfortunately, we received very little direction or encouragement from our public school in regards to how they would teach our challenged, but smart kids.
Therefore, knowing that the Wilson Reading Program works well (for all readers, actually, not just those who are challenged by dyslexia), we are forging ahead with this program and the Singapore Math program that my older son used this past year…the one that made real sense to me….the one that made me realize I NEVER truly LEARNED or UNDERSTOOD mathematics.
We are excited and nervous about this new endeavor. Together, we will be learning what works and what doesn't. We will be exploring and adventuring and reading and writing and playing and dancing and laughing and arguing and revising and moving forward. And thankfully, my mom, a retired teacher, will be assisting and guiding me in this new role I have taken on.
We ask for your prayers of support (we need them), but not your two cents. The matter is not up for discussion; it's a done deal. Some of our friends and family know about this change and some don't; so, I thought I'd just put it out there.
Thanks for your support. Over and out….