Note from a Home school mother of 17 Years and Neuro-educational Specialist
I first came to LGS because my daughter was a struggling learner. We would spend at least 2 hours a day alone on 20 math problems and these sessions often ended in tears. I would teach her something and she would remember it long enough to pass the test. She would not remember hardly anything for more than a week and during that week it was only because I went over the information daily. My son was much different on the other hand. I could give him a text book, ask him to read it and do a worksheet and he did so compliantly. He rarely made anything less than a 98% on a test and he retained every piece of information he learned. As a parent and teacher I became increasingly frustrated because I knew my daughter was very bright but I could not understand how she could not learn like her brother.
I was desperate by the time we came to LGS. When Ruth suggested that we slow down on the academics and work on organizing my daughter’s brain, it was a very difficult thing for me to consider. I was a “cross every t and dot every i,” home school mom. To take anything out of our current academic routine did not seem logical or even reasonable. I prayerfully considered Ruth’s suggestion and came to the realization that my daughter was not able to retain the information I was trying to teach her and that we would be caught in situations such as what I referred to as “the math meltdown” throughout all of her school years unless we took a step back and organized her brain.
After coming to this realization I put all of my energy into working program activities. At my daughter’s first re-evaluation her reading comprehension came up over 2 years and we were not even doing daily reading lessons as before. Within a few months after this, she began to clean and organize her room. Since math took only 20 minutes a day, the frustration and tears were gone and it was something my daughter looked forward to doing with me. I noticed that I did not have to repeat myself nearly as much when asking her to do simple chores. Overall, our days became much easier during that school year and the stress we felt as a family (that I did not even realize was there) diminished.
The reason why I wanted to share this with others is because there is a different, easier and life changing way to help your child. Sometimes we have to, what may appear, step back before we can move forward. As your child gets older he or she will begin to learn information that will not be repeated quite as frequently as in previous years. Academic expectations will increase greatly and so will the work load. I want to encourage you to think forward to years to come and picture what this will look like.
One of the most valuable things I learned from my daughter being on program with LGS is how to teach information where the student receives the information efficiently. I am sure that if these same methods are used with your child, learning will be much easier for him or her. As a child’s brain becomes more organized, the teaching method or curriculum will not be as important because he or she will be functioning on a much more efficient level. I would like for every child to not only feel successful but be successful.
Jana Bacon, B.S