5 Days of Helping Your Struggling Learner (Part 1)

by Dawn Oaks on April 7, 2014 · 2 comments

During the next five days, we will explore different ways to assist our struggling learners when homeschooling. Our time will be spent on curriculum, natural health and diet strategies, helping them to shine, and more. For today though, our focus is on one  word

Encouragement

I remember dreaming as a little girl of being a mommy some day. My baby doll would be wrapped in a receiving blanket as I fed my little one a bottle. During this time, that baby doll, her name was Susie, would be held close to my heart and I would tell her how much mommy loved her. I am thankful in looking back that God had provided me with a mother that demonstrated this to us in all that she did.

As I was expecting my first child, my desires had not changed. I always wanted a baby to love. My motivation and intent was not to have children to just foster the next Albert Einstein or Betsy Ross. Yes, as a mom, I want to raise children that can be world changers, but more than anything I want to love them and encourage them knowing that God will take care of the rest. Even this can sometimes be difficult when your reality is the day in and day out of working with a struggling learner.

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In looking back, I don’t think I can identify a greater time in my life that exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit was as essential as it was in the day to day working and discipling of our child with special learning needs when doing school. The Lord used those days and continues to demand much. The demands to exemplify the Fruit of the Spirit can feel like they totally deplete what reserves I have available; only to realize that it is in being emptied that God is desiring to stretch and grow me even more.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

So many times I stopped reading at the end of this verse, but allow us to skip down to chapter 6 verse 2.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

 Today’s post, Mom and Dad, are for you. Not a day goes by that  you do not carry the burden of your child that struggles in learning. The world judges us by our outward accomplishments and so many times we fear that the beauty in our special needs children will go overlooked, because they are not successful according to worldly standards. We grow tired and become depleted. Our world can feel lonely when we are in the midst of parents whose children seem to be receiving every accolade and high honor. We can feel like failures, because certainly we should be able to teach our child to subtract, write their letters in the right direction, or teach them to read.

Today, I want you to know that you are not alone. First and foremost, God the Father is standing beside you in loving your child and being faithful to never leave you depleted if you invite Him to fill you when you feel as if you have nothing left to give. There are also multitudes of other families that have struggling learners who understand. Don’t allow yourself to believe that you are alone or that you have failed. God has a special plan for your child. It may not look like the plan for your other children or the child down the street, but it will shine forth like gold in due time.

God simply calls us to be faithful for today and He will supply the strength and wisdom for tomorrow when tomorrow arrives just as He provided daily nourishment to the Israelites in the manna that fell from heaven with each new dawn. Do not lose heart or give up!

This post was for you. Be encouraged so that you may encourage others. Tomorrow, we will tackle a more practical side of homeschooling the special learner through curriculum choices.  So please stay tuned!

Many of my fellow crew mates are also participating in this week’s 5 day Blog Hop with each blogger writing on a different topic related to their homeschool experience. Below are links to just nine of my fellow bloggers series for this week. As you can see there is a wide range of topics and knowledge that we can gleam from one another. Below the links is the button that you can click on to access all the blogs and topics being written about this week. All in all there are about 70 bloggers participating.

Anne Marie @ Future.Flying.Saucers ~ Christian Worldview 101
Marya @ Suncoast Momma ~ Homeschooling Special Needs
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break ~ Ordinary Homeschooling
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Our Favorite Family Recipes
Gena @ I Choose Joy! ~ Homeschooling Middle School
Christine @ Our Homeschool Reviews ~ Free and Frugal Homeschooling
Monique @ Living Life and Learning ~ Homeschooling with Lapbooks
DaLynne @ For the Display of His Splendor ~ Diagramming the Proverbs

April Blog Hop

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Marya April 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Really encouraging post for moms who are struggling. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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Dawn Oaks April 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Absolutely, Marya. You sound like someone who has been in the trenches. Don’t give up when you reach the 25th mile of that marathon. The end will come into sight.

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