We DO NOT Homeschool… Yet

Thomas 2009

My son Thomas is, without question, a genius. His mind is like a steel trap and his curiosity knows no bounds. Thomas has more imagination than Steven Spielberg and more energy than the Energizer Bunny. Thomas is also dyslexic and has a very difficult time reading.

There was really no way to avoid dyslexia. Statistically, 1 in 5 children are dyslexic. Then come the probabilities. Dyslexia is genetic and my husband is a severe dyslexic who learned his coping mechanisms the hard way. We don’t want that for Thomas.

I have to be honest and say that we’ve known this about Thomas for about two years and have suspected it even longer. There’s a lot of information about dyslexia out there and in the past I’ve let myself be bogged down by it. I like a clear-cut, bulleted plan. Preferably one I don’t have to come up with myself. I also let myself believe I had plenty of time to help Thomas, but he just started 3rd grade and the proverbial poo has hit the proverbial bladed cooling device.

So, we’re currently reading Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D. and researching the Texas Education Agency’s processes and procedures. We have an appointment with the school later this week to determine Thomas’ current standing regarding the whole dyslexia thing and we’re praying. A lot.

Are we missing anything? Y’all who’ve been through this before, please chime in. Especially if you have a bulleted plan I can use!

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5 thoughts on “We DO NOT Homeschool… Yet

  1. Hi there,
    Dyslexia is an alternative thinking style – everyone who has it has their own individual set of strengths and weaknesses. If the strengths are harnessed and the weaknesses dealt with, then the sky is the limit for these often highly intelligent people!
    I recommend that you visit the website http://www.dyslexia.com and read the book ‘The Gift of Dyslexia” by Ronald Davis. The Davis Dyslexia Correction Programme is the most widely used programme in the world, with a 97% success rate.
    I wish you and your Thomas all the very best on your journey.
    Regards,
    Melanie

  2. I’m praying for Thomas to find his way in life. God will provide the help and guidance you all need. Give my sweet nephew a big hug of incouragement.

  3. I KNOW, with the Lord’s help and so many cheering that Thomas will get through this famously. And speaking of famously, he’s the greates GREAT grandson that anyone could have.
    Way to go, Thomas. I’m rooting & praying for you

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