of homeschooling. Mary’s two children
were born deaf. Many years passed during which her children’s fate was in the
hands of others before Mary realized that
the best place for them to be was at home.
Mary’s dedication to her children took
her away from family to Central Institute
for the Deaf in St. Louis, where she spent
four years watching them begin to function at a higher level and being trained
herself on how to integrate them back
into the mainstream. The idea of surrendering her children over to the “system”
was too much for Mary; she knew they
would slip through the cracks. She also
knew there was a better way, one that
would include a path that would accommodate a slower pace, thorough teaching, and specialized focuses.
Every day for Julie
is difficult, yet
she embraces her
choices with a fiery
do the best by her
children no matter the
very picture of the
Lord’s heart for us.
What does Mary desire most for her
children? She hopes they develop an independent work ethic. She would like
them to chase after knowledge and not
wait for the learning to come to them.
It is this enduring belief in homeschooling that inspires me to continue on even
during the rough patches. Mary believes
her choice to teach the children at home
is the very best thing she could have ever
done for her family. It is all about sticking it out together, drawing in as one, and
sorting the rest out as it comes.
I do not homeschool special needs
children, but I do have the privilege of
walking alongside these two women,
learning from their accomplishments,
gaining strength from their perseverance, and seeing the hand of God at work
as they carry on in the way in which they
have been called.
match the needs of the child.
Joy Kita is a mother of four and is the
blessed wife of Stan. She has been homeschooling for seven years and is currently
the director of a thriving co-op with more
than eighty children. She is an author specializing in adventures for boys. Her new-est book, Fable Nation, will be released by
Brighter Books in 2013. She stays motivated by her all-consuming love for the Father.
You can read her blog, Fluorescent Fingerprints, at www.joyamykita.wordpress.com,
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