I had a struggling learner. Fourth grade was a beast.
Math was a chore. Writing was like medieval torture, and the basic rules of grammar might have well been a foreign language.
It seemed as though everything I tried to teach my son ran out of him like water through a sieve. We needed help. When I heard Kathy Kuhl was speaking at our local homeschooling convention, I went to to hear her present. I listened intently, took notes, and bought her book, Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner.
Over the next two months I digested the nearly 400 pages of impeccably researched, thoughtfully presented, and undeniably eye-opening discussion. I soon realized I was not just dealing with the typical conflicts that come with teaching a busy, distractible, sensitive boy – I was certainly facing an undiagnosed learning disability.
This book is for any homeschooling parent who has a child that struggles with learning. As Kathy states in her introduction, the book
…includes many resources and strategies, more than any one family can or should do. Think of this book as a smorgasbord. I hope every reader will find enough useful ideas and insights to make a good meal.
You’ll find it organized into five major sections –
- Deciding whether to homeschool,
- Laying the groundwork
- Teaching at home
- Keeping going
Kathy offers insight, recommendations, and encouragement to empower you, the parent and teacher, by sharing her experience of homeschooling her own struggling learner. She also relays the advice and wisdom she obtained from the 64 families she interviewed who have children with various learning disabilities and attention problems.
Some questions she addresses:
- Is homeschooling always the best option?
- How do you figure out what’s wrong?
- What are some common learning problems?
- How do you inform yourself?
- Should you seek a professional evaluation?
- How to pay for evaluations and services?
- How do you set goals?
- What curriculum should you use?
- How do you deal with math, and what causes writing problems?
- How do you nurture a love of learning?
If you have a child who has problems with a subject, is easily distracted, frustrated, oppositional, uncoordinated, has trouble with fine motor skills, or if your gut is telling you something is wrong, then you need to read this book.
For me, it was a God-send. I’m so appreciative of Kathy’ Kuhl’s enormous amount of encouragement, direction, and was blown away by all the available resources (books/websites) she’s included in the book as well as through our personal correspondence. If I hadn’t acted on her advice and pursued an educational evaluation, my son would still be floundering, and my head still glued in the sands of denial.
With the help of professionals, a tailored educational plan, our supportive family network, and the power of prayer, we have seen big changes in our son. Our once struggling learner is now three years older, thriving, confident, and a happy young man who has a zeal for life, learning, and serving others. Kathy Kuhl, I am so grateful. But even more, I am so happy and proud of my son.
Find lots of helps at Kathy Kuhl’s website.
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