3 Tips for Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities
Teaching children with learning disabilities can bring its own difficulties that you otherwise might not face. Even though some days are exhausting and seem hopeless, here are three things to make your experience more successful.
God called you to homeschool, and He knew you would be your child’s parent. He also knew exactly who your child would be. Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV) says, “‘I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb…’”. Nothing is a surprise to God; He knew exactly the struggles you and your children would have before your or their first breath. He cares for you. Lean on Him in your weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul relates to this struggle, saying, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (ESV). Call out to Him when you are overwhelmed and need encouragement.
Much of the time, progress is extremely subtle. Take heart, for those gears are turning. Romans 8:25 tells us, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (ESV). God will not abandon you on this journey. Some days we have to take a step away from school work so our children do not get overwhelmed. Take comfort in knowing since God has called you to teach your children, He plans for you to be successful, just as Paul tells the Philippians, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6, ESV).
One of the most important things we have learned to be successful in teaching is the need for change. Sometimes we find teaching in a different way can be helpful, like doing an activity or singing a song. Other times we just need a change of scenery. Philippians 3:14 reminds us to keep trying, for the glory of God, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (ESV). Pray every step of the way and the Holy Spirit will reveal God’s plan.
Homeschooling can sometimes feel lonely, especially when you get in a rut and it feels like you’re not going anywhere. However, the Bible tells us we are never alone; God is with us like He was with the Israelites, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, ESV). God bless you in your journey.
Jenna Holder is a SAHM of four littles, two of which are homeschooled. She’s a devoted wife and christian. She spends her time, reading, writing and being an active member of her church. Follow along with her chaotic life at www.holderofpeace.com for encouragement on experiencing the peace of God.