What am I going to do? Oh the times I have wrinkled my forehead with worry of how I was going to teach so and so such and such. How could I make sure that the "slower" children would turn into productive people of God. Would they be able to support theirselves enough to even survive? Aaahhhhh! That has been me at times the past few years. So, I kept trudging on and praying....working, working, working...trying this, trying that...turmoil stirred within my heart as panic would sometimes set in. I truly at times was on a ship sinking and I could feel the Lord pulling me up to keep my head above water so I wouldn't drown. Some days it was pure dread to get started. I didn't know if it was more disheartening to try teaching or to just take a break and hope that things would resolve itself.
A few things I have learned. First and happily most important to us is, there's nothing wrong with the slower ones. This is normal! Yes, NORMAL!!! Everything tends to come full circle in the end. Example; our third child has seemed to struggle since day one--until this year. He's eleven years old and in the sixth grade. Now everything has finally clicked. Hurray! He has completely caught up to what would be considered "normal" and I don't doubt that he will excel in his studies. Another one of our children wasn't quite ready to read at the "normal" age of by six. Hmm....okay... so I waited another year until the next child was of "reading age". He began learning with her. He's doing excellent now!
All of this said to tell you to not get discouraged, dear mothers. When something doesn't work then try another route. If your child isn't exactly learning so quickly and falls below the curve, don't despair! Take heart in knowing that things do come full circle.
*** All this is in dealing with children who do not have special needs. There can be a fine line in knowing whether you have a special needs child or not. With our third child I often wondered if he had a disability. For us we learned that this is indeed why homeschooling fits best for us. There's no labelling and diagnosing the children with syndromes that only came into existance because society won't except that children are unique souls that God molded to be special and all learn in different ways, at different times and for different callings later in life.