I have thought a lot about if I should start a blog and what my primary reasons for wanting to do so are. As I am finally taking the first steps in a blog I find my reasons being the same ones that drove me to become a teacher and then after years of loving my profession to leave it and move on. I love kids of all ages. I love their curiosity and passion for the moment and believe that those two factors are the primary drive behind the incredible ability to learn. Between my years in a classroom and what I have learned and am learning teaching my own children I feel like I have lot of strategies and tools that work, even for those kids with learning disabilities.
I worked with thousands of kids over the last decade from the ages of 8 to 18 and found that each one was special- they had their own unique interests, talents, and difficulties. No two was ever alike and while some were easy to teach, others were a challenge either because of traditional learning challenges, personality, or home life. I left the world of traditional education in 2013 and there is not a day that I don’t miss the kids. That being said, teaching can be a difficult profession and I found that my health and the education of my own children were suffering and I needed to take a break. When my White Knight received a promotion that required us to move, we decided that it would be best for our family for me to stay home with our boys: Olympus, Yukon, and North.
The past 9 months have allowed me to focus on educating my own children. Olympus, 14, is an amazingly bright boy who has been labeled as special education because of difficulties he has in the traditional education setting. He struggles with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. Now finishing up his 8th grade year at a traditional school he reads at grade level, is an advanced math class, and continues to struggle with writing. I plan on spending a lot of time sharing what has worked to help him learn to read and keep his love of learning and self-confidence. Yukon, 3, is an active happy boy who I am doing preschool at home with and I will share what he is working on that is a success. North, 1, is an enormous beast of a boy who loves to snuggle. As he gets older I will share what works for him. My hope is that other parents and educators can take what I have learned and use it with their own kids, both those at home and those in the classroom.