Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Guest Post at Sallie Borrink Learning

Homeschool Graduation
I have the honor of being the first guest this month at my friend Sallie's website called Sallie Borrink Learning.  She will be writing or having guest bloggers talking about children who learn differently all of October.  In this post, I share how we came to homeschool our son and some of the struggles we went through raising an ADHD child.

Now, this is not my friend Sally (as in Clarkson) but my friend Sallie (whom we affectionately call Michigan State Sallie in our home).   Sallie was blogging even before I was, her original blog was called Two Talent Living


"A homeschool Dad from the church we attended at the time warned us that we needed to take our son out of the public schools NOW and consider teaching him at home.  He knew our son and was concerned he would believe the labels being put on him and act them out.

Around this time, I also read the book by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay called For the Children’s Sake:  Foundations of Excellence for Home and School.  To make a very long story short… we began our homeschool journey at the kitchen table on the first day of the second grade."

For the rest of the story, click on over... here.


Vee said...

No doubt about it, you could write a book. It must be so gratifying to see how far Christopher has come and to know that it could have been so much different and not in a good way. The Lord Himself stood in the gap and redeemed the situation. (I have some similar concerns about one of my grands...a matter for prayer for sure.)

Judy said...

It's always a privilege to read your wisdom, Brenda - and there is plenty here.

Anonymous said...

Great posting Brenda!

I am an educational assistant, working with children who have disabilities including learning disabilities.

First, I'd like to say that I'm sorry your son had such a poor teacher in grade one. Any teacher who calls a student names should not be teaching. However there are many kind dedicated teachers in the profession.

Your advice to find the child's interests and strengths and to work from there is right on.

I would add that the first and most important step is to build confidence. (And don't say 'Of course you can do it, it's easy.)If necessary, start with some easy work that you know the child can do and progress gradually from there.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I so wish more parents would see the benefits of home education! Your son was given the time and space to become who God created him to be!

Thanks for sharing your story. I know it will help others!


Anonymous said...

We too have a differently wired Christopher. I really enjoyed your guest post. Sometimes I need to be reminded that it's okay not to do the norm. Schooling our Chris along with his siblings is a challenge as he gets older....but letting his mind catch up is such a freeing thought for me! It gives me permission to lighten up and let God grow him at the pace He sets. Thanks again for a wonderful post....your blog and Sally Clarkson's are my daily breath of fresh air!