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From: Fairlight (modem-pool-637.mis.net - 206.28.58.129)
Subject: (((Tammy)))...
Date: February 16, 2005 at 7:04 am PST

In Reply to: LONG....Need prayer on the future of our Homeschool posted by Tammy on February 15, 2005 at 2:26 pm:

I read your letter last night and I have been praying. When I started homeschooling, I was so afraid. This is our fifth year and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I can tell you how I feel about your situation, but you will need to pray and trust God to direct you and your family.

These are just a few thoughts I had after reading your letter. I really feel your boys are so much better at home. I also feel you are very fortunate to have a husband who will let you make that decision. I have known of cases where the husband did not want to homeschool and the wife did. It can be heartbreaking.

First, your boys could never get the one-on-one, that they can get at home, at any public school. I am afraid that your middle son would fall further behind. Also, even in a Christian school, I don't think they could get the training for Godly character that you can give them at home, and I know they won't get it in public school.

Children are different and they learn in different ways. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what works and what doesn't. After we started 2nd grade, I realized that my son had not retained ANYTHING in math, that I had taught him the previous year. I could not believe it. He had made good grades the whole year. I switched curriculum, and he can even remember,now, after summer vacation. He also struggled with handwriting. He hated it and it caused so much tension in our school. I started letting him do a lot of his work orally and didn't even start cursive until the last semester of third grade. He has a beautiful cursive handwriting now, but he was really behind for years. You said your children have improved. That is great! I would keep going with what is working. If something isn't working, I would keep looking until I found something. I would also try to focus on the basics.I only have one child to homeschool and you have three. I would make sure to do reading and math with the older two, if I didn't do anything else. I would also have the older son read to the younger one. They both would benefit and it would free you up a little to be with the middle one. We kept it light during the early years.You still really have a lot of time. I know you feel panicked, but I really feel it will be OK. It just takes a while to find what works. Do you think your middle child may have a learning disability? You may want to find out more about this. It may be what is hindering him.

I hope this makes sense, I was hesitant to comment. I am afraid of saying the wrong thing, but I did want to encourage you to continue homeschooling. I really feel it is in your boy's best interests. I am writing you and your family down in my prayer request book and will be praying for you all. The best advice I can give you though, is to give the whole matter over to God. It will actually be a relief on your part, and God loves us so much. He will guide you in the path you need to take. I try to check this board daily, so post again if you want to talk.

Love and prayers,
Fairlight



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