Where Do I Find the Time?
Rest assured that homeschooling a struggling learner in a large family
is being successfully done by hundreds of parents.
“What is God think- ing?” Doesn’t He know that you are already stretched to
find the time in the day to teach all the
subjects (heaven forbid we should skip
one) to all four of your children, while
still keeping the toddler and baby hap-
py? How can you find the time needed
to work one on one with this child who
is struggling so hard to learn? You go
through the day often thinking to your-
self (but afraid to voice aloud), “Would
the public school do a better job with
him or her?”
If you are faced with one of these chal-
lenging situations, you are not alone. Rest
assured that homeschooling a struggling
learner in a large family is being success-
fully done by hundreds of parents. Some
important ideas for a homeschool mom
to embrace, when embarking on this
journey, include these:
1. Enabling a child who is struggling
with a learning disability such as
dyslexia, dysgraphia, etc., to obtain a
one and a half to two-year growth in
a year is both necessary and possible.
To achieve this, different methods
need to be employed.
2. This remedial teaching process
requires more intense and individualized teaching sessions than many
moms have been doing in the past.
This usually involves two individual,
tailored teaching sessions, four days
a week, with this child. This child
cannot be effectively remediated by
working in a group setting.
3. Typical reading, writing, and phonics
programs, while good, work for
“typical learners” but not for children
who have significant learning blocks.
You will need some specialized
reading strategies and materials to
accomplish these leaps in learning
versus merely “making progress”
each year. These special curricula do
not need to be expensive, but they do
need to be different than the regular
curricula you are using with the
other children. These materials and
teaching ideas are readily available to
One Mom’s Story
Recently I spoke with Terry,* a homeschooling mom of six children who had
faced this challenge. She recalled her
fear when faced with the need to spend
one-on-one time with her daughter, Jane,
who was 8 years old and had dyslexia.
Up to the time Terry had begun homeschooling Jane, she had thought she
was a pretty amazing teacher and that
homeschooling was “so easy,” as her first
two sons whizzed through the prepared
curriculum. Since Jane was as smart
as her brothers, Terry was surprised