Before my son had gone to the audiologist, I had toyed with the idea of placing him in school. I had homeschooled him for K-4 and Kindergarten and let’s just say reading about put me over the edge. Anyone who teaches a child to read must have extreme patience and self-control. Patience to endure endless hours of listening and correcting and guiding. Self-control to make your mind constantly listen and follow along and to remind yourself that this is, in fact, a joy to be able to hear a child learn to read. Yes…there were many times that I had to remind myself of that last fact.
After receiving the diagnosis of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), I realized why reading was such a challenge. I really did feel quite horrible for all the times that I lost my patience with him over it. I’ll share more about that whole experience in a later post, but it all started to make sense to me.
While the audiologist was talking to me, she had asked me if my son was behind in math and reading. I told her no, in fact, he was ahead in both subjects and was doing good in both subjects. She seemed puzzled until I said that we homeschool. She told me “that is the best decision you could have made.” To me, that was confirmation that God had provided this lady to guide me and encourage me to keep on with the journey of homeschooling.
For us, homeschooling was never about a religious decision. We didn’t decide to homeschool because we didn’t want our children mingling with those of other faiths. We didn’t choose to homeschool because we wanted to shelter them. We didn’t choose to homeschool because we were afraid of the world. In fact, I’m quite honest with my children about the world and the daily happenings occurring throughout our world. We chose to homeschool because of schedule reasons for our family, but now that reason has shifted. Now it’s about providing our son with the best opportunity to succeed. As we go through more time together, I’ll share many things that children with APD need and how we adapt in school and home settings, as well as social settings. This is the reason we chose to homeschool. I wanted to give my son every opportunity to succeed and to have the best opportunities in the future. Is it easy? No. Are there days when I want to quit? Yes. I think every homeschooling mom has wanted to throw in the towel more times than once. Is it worth it to see him accomplish something that is seemingly small for most kids? Yes. It is 100% worth my sacrifice to help him get what he needs. I’m not saying homeschooling is right for every kid like him or for every family. It’s not. But I know what my son needs and I’ve been given the opportunity to provide it for him. That is a joy for me.