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7 Dreams of a Homeschooling Mom

I began homeschooling our daughter when she was six years old. 

She started out in public school in what I call "general population." For a special needs child, this meant she spent the majority of her day in “traditional" classes assisted by who knows how many aides and special education instructors.

After she graduated kindergarten, we decided (as a family) to start over with her education. When we began homeschooling, I really was a lost conductor conducting a train I had no business conducting.

But, that only lasted about a week.

Okay, maybe not really.

Homeschooling is an ongoing journey with many stops, curves and detours. Sometimes 20 people await us at the station waving banners and hoisting signs saying, "Way to go!"

“You did it!"

"You are the best homeschooler ever!"

But, most of the time, you pull up your tired train to the station...

And, no one is there. It’s just me and my daughter on our own personal homeschooling journey. And that's okay.

I learn something new every day. I've also discovered some dreams I have as a result. Seven, in fact. There may be more. I may add to this list some day. But, for now, seven dreams I have as a homeschooling mom:

Dream #1: That each day will hold treasures and surprises for us to find. We don't need a set schedule or assignment. We just need to be inquisitive and available to the many different doors that open to us during the day—and walk through them.

Dream #2: That my daughter will desire to learn and keep on learning. I want her to constantly think, wonder and question this world until the day she goes on to the next one.

Dream #3: That my daughter will discover something she truly loves to do and will excel at it. I don't want her to have a job—I want her to have a passion. Writing is mine. I want her to find hers.

Dream #4: That my daughter will be equipped for her life as a successful adult. Whether it's knowing how to check her oil or balance a checkbook, I want her to know what she needs to know. We may not balance a legit checkbook anymore, but she still needs to know how to balance her budget and live her life as debt-free as possible. She needs to know how to pay her bills on time, how to put gas in her car, how to watch out for scams, how to tackle a job interview and how to call someone professionally on the phone. 

Dream #5: That my daughter will have fun. She most likely won't remember what curriculum we used, but she'll remember our time spent together in the backyard looking at butterflies and discovering a praying mantis resting on our screen door early on a Monday morning.

Dream #6: That my daughter will say I did a good job. Okay, this one may be me seeking some approval, but homeschooling is hard. I constantly question whether she's learning what she needs to know not only to be at her correct grade level, but also to become a successful adult. Add to that her special needs, and homeschooling is—let's just say—an adventure.

Dream #7: That we will make it out alive. I want us both to enjoy the experience with no fear and no regrets. Homeschooling feels, at times, like being shot through a dark tunnel. Everything moves so fast, and I can’t tell the outcome of many things, but it's all worth it. It's an adventure ride with twists and turns and the excitement at the end of "We did it!" and "Let's do it again!"

I'm ready to do it again.

Dawn Michelle Michals is a homeschooling mom and award-winning freelance writer. Since 2013, Dawn has homeschooled her special needs daughter. Together, they learn the tips and tricks to help her succeed. Stay connected with Dawn at DawnMichelleMichals.wordpress.com

 A Dyslexic’s Perception
(A Different View of Things)

Do you have a child with dyslexia? There are a variety of perspectives about what causes the challenges experienced by a person with dyslexia. What you believe causes dyslexia influences what you determine is the appropriate and effective response. 

My husband and I have walked the road of dyslexia with three of our sons who are dyslexic. We know firsthand that finding effective help can be frustrating and confusing, since there are many options to choose from!


How Do Dyslexic Thinkers See Their World?


Dyslexic thinkers experience a lower-than-typical threshold at which they become confused. There are a myriad of things that affect that threshold. They are usually extremely sensitive to their environment. Two-dimensional symbols on a page (which can be easily manipulated in their mind) such as letters and numerals can also be a problem. 

Environment can be important:

Is your home loud and chaotic? 
Is your student unable to work in a disorganized environment, but is unable to remedy that situation? 
Does your student have good sleeping habits and healthy eating habits? 
Is your child getting enough hydration throughout the day? 
Is there extra stress in the home due to family relationship issues, a new baby or a move? 

All of these things can affect our children’s ability to learn with ease. If you add in a diagnosis of dyslexia, it’s even more challenging.

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