Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Learning To Read Through Struggles {30 Days of Thankfulness - Day 3}

I had other plans for today's Thankfulness post but the Lord has changed those to something else.  I have so many things to be thankful for, but tonight I am most thankful for the Lord answering my prayer to find something that my son will connect with in Reading and Writing.

My son is nine and he struggles with reading.  He's had a hard life in his few years and though I've done my best to teach him, I know I could have done better at times.  He has undiagnosed ADHD.  He has all the symptoms and I know his Dad has it too, so it's easy to see in him.  This was a big reason why I chose to homeschool him.  I didn't want him to be medicated for something that doesn't always need medicine to control.

I prayed a lot about homeschooling before choosing this path.  God quickly answered me with a big old YES by placing things in my daily path to show me homeschooling was right for us.  It has allowed my son to be comfortable with his learning disabilities and to go at his own pace, instead of being lost in the shuffle of public school.

Back to why I'm thankful:  Earlier today my son came to me with some very simple stick figure drawings he had made.  He had this whole book concept developing in his head based on Lego Star Wars, his favorite game at this time.  He asked me to help him write the words that are developing in his mind.  With his ADHD, writing the words out can be hard for him to do alone, especially when there are a lot of thoughts involved in the process.  So he dictates his story and I write it for him, letting him see his words come to life on the paper. 

Lately, I have prayed a ton to find something to capture this little boys attention and just get him reading more.  I have searched for the perfect book or subject for him but wasn't able to pinpoint anything that would really grab him.  That is until today.  This simple dictated book of his own making is the key to all I've been praying about.  God has finally answered me, in my own son!  It's absolutely amazing to me, and for this tonight, I am MOST THANKFUL!!


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