Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Her Homework

Today's gift is her homework.

I am sure you read this post title and thought to yourself...the gift is homework!?!

Yes it is.  And the reason her homework is my gift is because I honestly never thought my daughter would have homework.

When she was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome we honestly saw the life we dreamed for her flash before our eyes...puff!  It.  was.  gone.

Then we learned about Rett Syndrome.  We learned about her.  And we learned how the two go hand and hand as Rett Syndrome affects every girl differently.

Once she started school started where they teach children through the ABA style of learning...we knew there was hope.  Shortly there after we realized there were other people who believed in our child too.  Today one of her first teachers is still by her side every day and believes in her more than anyone I know....sometimes more than me!

Because of her amazing (this word doesn't even do her justice!) teacher who not only encourages her but will also adapt anything to help her learn the same material as her daughter has homework!

Homework = Learning

Homework = Typical School Experience

Homework = Hope

Tonight as I helped my daughter with her homework I realized this was my gift today.  I was helping her study for her science test tomorrow.   I had a list of twenty questions to ask her.  TWENTY!  And she knew her material!!!   To say I am proud of her is an understatement!

Equally as exciting is the fact all THREE of my children are learning about some aspect of weather right child in Pre-K, my second grader and my fourth grader...all with different levels of difficulty!

Once you find someone in the educational field who believes children with special needs can perform academically....all things change.  Hope is given back where it was once lost.  

My daughter will probably never learn like her peers do and her tests will be altered to meet her needs (the way the test is worded, the number of questions, etc).  But what will be the same is the material she is learning and the fact she is taking tests in which she has to study slacking here!

So yes....homework is my gift today.  And I am forever grateful to my daughter's one true believer for making homework a reality in her life.

Here are some quotes for today....

Students will not simply pass through a course like water through a sieve, but instead leave their own imprint on the learning process- Bryn Holmes

Every child has....the right to be respected
....the right to dream
...the right to be loved and cared for that should be recognized and valued
...the right to achieve their God given potential
...the need for unconditional love
-Author Unknown

There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't.  What you've got to do is turn around and say "watch me"- Author Unknown 

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