On Monday mornings I volunteer in Tim’s 1st grade classroom. He’s doing great. He’s cruising right along. I usually do a reading or math activity with small groups and maybe prep a craft or two. I know all the kids now and I may have a favorite or two in the class. Maybe one of those favorites is a little girl who lets me help her with reading. Maybe. 🙂
I don’t have access to any information on her, but I’m pretty sure there is a learning disability or something in the mix. I’m glad I don’t know. It keeps me thinking creativity about what might click. Today we were working on the difference between d and b. This is first grade, but it was terribly hard for her. Her peers are way, way ahead of her already. As she skipped back to her desk and I got ready to leave, I started to have a bit of a panic attack.
You might not immediately guess she is struggling. She seems upbeat and confident, but how long can that last if she continues to struggle? If I had to guess, I would say she has already given up and is just trying to get through each day. I know her teacher hasn’t given up, and she has access to a lot of help, (thank you God for a wonderful school district!) but what if she never feels confident reading? What will that mean for her entire life?
Without that fundamental piece, what other important areas of learning will not be built? Will it cause insecurity? Will that insecurity lead to poor choices, and bad relationships?
So here I am, panicking.
I do have confidence that the specialists in our school can help her, but I believe only God can really heal whatever is broken and causing this confusion for her. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if He did and she was able to make up all the lost ground quickly?
I think I’m going to start praying for her when we are working together – not just that she gets the right answers, but that God would bring healing to her mind.
How are YOUR kiddos doing? Good things happening in your schools? Want to share a little gratefulness about something in this area? I’d love to hear!