. . . We should not
attach the dyslexic
label to a child simply
because his physiology
is not mature
enough to tackle the
complexity of reading
at the moment.
RIGHT: The early years: Kathy shares a
story with Josiah, 4, and Gideon, 1.
of reading at the moment.
13 The subtle
dyslexic tendencies my sons displayed
were not an issue after I read John Holt’s
interesting perspective about dyslexia
in his book Teach Your Own.
14 Prayerfully seeking knowledge about human
biology, nutritional science, and learning
styles is important, and sometimes professional help and testing are warranted.
Become the expert.
Take heart and change your focus.
Consider that your child is not delayed or
disabled—God’s design is that we don’t
all learn in the same ways or on the same
schedule. Thank God, and revel in who
your child is.
“I have set the Lord always before me:
because he is at my right hand, I shall not
be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and
my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest
in hope” (Psalm 16: 8–9).
Success! Our sons eventually figured
it out while I focused on character with
one main academic goal: to give them
the tools necessary for independent
learning. Those baffling, barking days
are over and we’ve been blessed to homeschool, which is not scary and one of my
Encourage Independent Interests
Inspire kids to explore their fascinations
and fine-tune their pursuits. If your focus is on areas your child is enthusiastic
about, reading won’t be as big of an issue.
You should read aloud, exposing your
child to the wonders of language, but set
a five-minute oral limit for your child.
Our sons craved books about facts, science, action, oddities, biographies—and
those that struck the funny bone. Enjoy growing your home library with the
use of resources such as Who Should We
Kathy homeschooled her four sons for
twenty-three years—the youngest is a
2012 homeschooling graduate. All are excellent readers, lovers of life and learning,
and independent-thinking entrepreneur
types like their dad. Kathy is a freelance
writer and newly re-licensed RN with
interests in holistic natural health, raw
food preparation, book collecting and encouraging others. Visit Kathy at her blogs:
1. Known as barking at print: sounding out the
words, without expression or meaning.
3. Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., Different Learners, Simon & Schuster, 2011, pg. 220.
4. Ibid., pg. 221.
5.Jeffrey Freed, M.A.T., and Laurie Parsons, Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained
World, Simon & Schuster Inc., 1997, pg. 31.
6. www.diannecraft.org. Excellent site to help
with visual processing and a variety of learning
8.Jeffrey Freed, M.A.T., and Laurie Parsons, Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained
World, Simon & Schuster, 1997.
9. Ibid., pg. 104.
10. Ibid., pg. 113.
11. Ibid., pg. 106.
12. Peggy Kaye, Games for Reading, Pantheon
Books, 1984, www.peggykaye.com/target.php?ct
13.Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore,
The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook,
Thomas Nelson Inc., 1994, pg. 102.
14. John Holt, Teach Your Own, Da Capo Press, 2003.
15. Jan Bloom, Who Should We Then Read,