Last week I became aware that my daughter has learning disabilities. I had thought so in the past, but as we do our first grade curriculum, it is becoming increasingly evident.
So...I shortened our learning time last week and we made a trip to the local library. I have poured over half a dozen books this weekend about learning disabilities and dyslexia. I have searched many sites and come up with some things to try with my child. The best thing is, since I am her teacher/mother, she won't fall through the cracks. I will know how she's progressing every day. If something works, woo-hoo! If something doesn't work, try something else!
Last week I started freaking out! We are using a very easy curriculum. We have been doing first grade for going on three weeks, but we are still in the first week of the curriculum. Then I prayed about it and put it into perspective. If she were in public school, she would be pushed with the curriculum. It would be frustrating to her and detrimental to her self-esteem. I can make sure she totally gets every concept before going on. I guess what I'm saying is...don't forget that homeschooling is about learning, not getting through the curriculum.
I came across a struggling learner section at HSLDA. This was very useful in assessing what specific learning disability she has. It gave tests that you can do at home and helpful ideas. It also gave links to Dianne Craft's site. On her site I found that many learning disabilities can be helped by supplementation of essential fatty acids in the diet. We are currently trying this idea.
Does anyone else have any ideas or encouragement for struggling learners? If so, please share.