I was not really a good candidate for being a homeschooling mom. When I went to school, my grades were mostly D’s and C’s, with some F’s. I failed the fourth grade. I didn’t like school. I went because there was no choice. School to me was boring and I didn’t like it. I wasn’t at the very bottom, but next to it. In high school I thought about dropping out, but was a least smart enough to realize that having a high school diploma would be a good thing to have, so I stayed. As an adult, my mother decided that I possibly had dyslexia, and later I was diagnosed with it. When I graduated from high school (I was smart enough to finish), I didn’t want to go to college or have anything more to with school. So, how did I become a homeschooler and help others get started?
When my oldest daughter was about five, someone shared with me the book, Better Late Than Early, by Raymond and Dorothy Moore. Also, we knew that Ellen White talked about children being “free as lambs” until they are older (seven or eight). We were already thinking of later schooling. Starting when she was about four, Heather (the oldest) would ask how to write her name and other things, and I showed her. It took only a few minutes of my time, and she’d write it. So, we decided when she was six to keep her home and homeschool. We only thought about a year at a time. We listened to some tapes (old days), by a lady whose name I don’t remember, that made the point of “teaching all the subjects with the Bible.”
When we started, there were not all the curriculum options that there are today. For that I am very thankful. I knew about Abeka and Rod and Staff, and that was about it. We did Math-It for math, then Saxon, which was just coming out. For phonics and reading we used the Bible. Since English has so many exceptions to rules, this is not hard to do. Sometimes we’d talk about the rules, then all the exceptions, and just move on. After they could read (and teaching reading from the Bible, after they read it, they could pick any book — including Ellen White and encyclopedias — and read it), to help them get understanding, I used the more advanced Moore-McGuffey readers that had questions at the end of the stories.
I guess it was more of a relaxed or unschooling way. As the kids got older, we did use more textbooks, as much because they wanted it as that it gave us guidance for what they needed to know.
I have two that had/have dyslexia, and we did vision therapy. They had a hard time learning to read, but the therapy helped tremendously.
A couple of verses helped me stay focused: “Teach them diligently to your children when you rise up, sit down, walk in the way,” Deuteronomy 6:7. And, “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord and great shall be their peace,” Isaiah 54:13.