If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I took on a challenging task of homeschooling my daughter (Hannah), who happens to have Trisomy 21.
I had no idea how homeschooling Hannah would be, but through it all, I am happy to share with you that we completed our first year of home-school.
I am the proudest mom on the planet because Hannah taught me lessons and revealed things about myself that I never knew existed. Today, I share lessons that I learned while homeschooling Hannah.
These lessons can apply to your every day life, a healthy lifestyle change and for you bloggers, these lessons can also help you be a better blogger.
Lesson #1 – Patience
There were times when I didn’t understand why it took Hannah more time to learn what I thought was simple. I had to slow down and meet her where she was, allowing her to move at her own pace. When I let go and let Hannah move at her own pace, she far exceeded more than I could imagine.
Sometimes you have to ride the wave and let it carry you, even when you are not sure where it will take you.
Lesson #2 – Creativity
Here is quick story about how my creativity helped Hannah to say the word ‘equals’ while doing addition. I had no idea that this would work because my first thought was to make learning fun, but she surprised me.
I grabbed one of Hannah’s mittens that was too small for her and drew some eyes and a mouth to create a puppet. When it was time for us to review addition, I would bring out the puppet and say the addition problems in a funny voice, making sure to put emphasis on the word that she had trouble saying. Within a week of me doing this, Hannah was saying the word ‘equals’ perfectly.
If you have an idea or want to try something new, go for it. You will never know until you try.
Lesson #3 – Pray
I think I prayed more while homeschooling my daughter, than I have in my entire life. There were times when I didn’t know what to do; all I could do was pray. Prayer is what helped me through what I thought was impossible.
One day, I listened to a radio program. The host (Yvonne Pierre) was interviewing a woman (Terry Brown) who specializes in teaching children and adults with Down Syndrome. I took notes like a mad woman and later contacted Ms. Terry and started following her curriculum. Ms. Terry’s curriculum was the answer to my prayers.
Never underestimate the power of prayer.
Lesson #4 – Perseverance
It is easy to quit, be it is hard stay in the game, especially when there are difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. Steady persistence is the key to staying on the path and not giving up.
I once had a blogging buddy tell me to, “keep riding the train.” No matter how tough things get, you have to keep on pushing even when you feel like giving up. Thanks, Aqiyl for your words of wisdom.
Lesson #5 – Differences Exist
People are different and the world would be a boring place if we were all the same. My daughter learns differently from typical children, but she learns. Just because she is different from typical children doesn’t mean that she is not capable of learning.
When you realize that differences in people exist, it is easy to share information with others in such a way that they understand where you are coming from.
Some people ignore others because there are no great expectations for that person or group of people. You should never think less of another person’s abilities because that person just might give your the surprise of your life.
Lesson #6 – Launch Out
There were some people who didn’t think I was doing the right thing by homeschooling my daughter. Sometimes I wondered if I was doing the right thing, because of what others were saying. You should never allow the opinions of others to keep you from doing what you know is best.
If I had never launched out into the deep (took a chance), I would have never known what my daughter was capable of doing. Now I know that she is capable of doing more than I could ever imagine.
Launch out, take a chance. What do you have to lose?
Whatever it is that you are working on, be it your life, healthy lifestyle changes, or blogging. The lessons that I learned while homeschooling my daughter helped me and I know they will help you.
No matter how hard things get, remember to never give up!