Do your kids balk at everything you planned for their homeschool lessons? If so, you are in the right place. I'm Dollie Freeman and I am hosting day five of what I'm calling the behind Go from Behind to Learning Progress Challenge. This challenge is designed to help you as a homeschooling mom understand what this school year must consist of in order for you to show progress by the end of the year and to alleviate all of those concerns about year end testing and if your child is gonna show progress on those tests.

In day one of this challenge, I talked about how important it was for you to understand the common mistake Homeschool moms make that are hindering your progress. If you did not listen to that after this, you are gonna wanna go back and you're gonna make sure that you listen to that as well. In day two of this special series, I debunking the myth your child will learn when they are ready. In day three, I taught the #1 reason your child isn't motivated to learn. Then on day four, I taught how to Influence Your Kids To Be Interested In Your Curriculum Choices.

In today's training, I'm going to teach you the Secret To Overcoming Learning Challenges.. 

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The Two Parts Of Progress

I've been sharing the tips and tricks that I have been used for 20 years. These are tips and tricks I've used to help our children who are dyslexic overcome their challenges as well as getting our children who were reading to be able to excel in their reading. So you want to make sure you are watching all five of the the topics that I've been sharing in this week.

Today we're talking about the secrets to overcoming learning challenges and what I'm sharing today just builds on what I've shared in the first four days. Now I wanna talk to you about both of our dyslexic boys journeys.

Our second child who was dyslexic had a much shorter time of progressing than our first one because first of all, I didn't understand dyslexia. I didn't know he had dyslexia. I had no understanding of learning challenges at the time. I had already taught a classroom of kindergarten children of how to read and as well as their other subjects. I also taught our daughter the mechanics of learning as well.

Both our children and myself struggled with confidence because I made a lot of curriculum changes.

What I'm about to share with you today has been the catapult, so to say, to take a child from being behind, to actually having them showing progress in their learning really quickly.

There are two parts of progress. 

As a reminder, learning is a slow and voluntary process and we as moms are impatient, especially if our children are behind.

We want to hurry up and get done already. We wanna be able to show progress at the end of the school year. We wanna feel like our time and energy and effort that we put into planning for homeschool pays off as well as being able to get to this place of helping our children to become successful in their education.

I found that our need, our stress, our overwhelm of getting our children to show progress as well as the lack of their confidence, lack of our confidence, and the changing of curriculum throughout the years keeps us from really understanding the core to progress.

As homeschooling moms, we focus on the one part and we really skip over the first part. But you can't have the second part if you don't have the first part.

The first part is skill, the other part is speed.

Now I want you to understand that skill is the ability to do something independently.

This is not the ability of sounding out next to mom. This is not the ability of us being next to them during their reading lessons, their writing lessons, their math lessons.

It can only be skill when a person actually has the ability to do something on their own.

If they haven't gotten the skill yet, they're still working on the mechanics… slowly.

You cannot have skill without the mechanics.

That's why I've created the Homeschool Progress kit so that you can know what those stages of transitions are in order to teach those four mechanics. Reading, writing, arithmetic, and thinking to your children to build the skills.

The Homeschool Progress Kit helps homeschool mom identify and avoid gaps in reading, writing, math, and thinking.

If your children do not have the ability to do something on their own, they're lacking the skill in those mechanics.

Once they have those skills in the mechanics, they can move on to the second part of progress, and that is speed.

Speed increases the efficiency in the time of the lesson, meaning that they can accomplish more in the same amount of time because their skill has been worked so much that it increases the efficiency allowing speed to happen.

If you've ever tried to teach your children, let's say how to sweep a floor or how to dust a home or how to draw as some of the other things that we've done in our home. Have you heard your kids say, you do it far better than they are? If so, remind them you took a long time to build these skills.

You've developed the skill to do it accurately and then over time, I got faster at doing things. like folding, laundry, cooking, all of those types of things that we want our children to learn.

We must understand our kids do not have the skill to be able to do these things efficiently or accurately until we've given them the time to learn the skill. However, we don't realize that importance in education for those four mechanics.

Mechanics develop skills. Skill is something that they can do independently and accurately on their own. Then we move into speed.

Speed is the efficiency that we moms desire because when we look at progress, we're thinking about how efficient our day is, how efficient that lesson plan is, how efficient our children are going through their lesson plans and curricula for the year.

When you think about these two parts, skill and progress, the foundation is mechanics. Then when we have the mechanics, we can build the skills and then we can work on the speed.

If you are like me, you get impatient when you get concerned about where your children are if they're starting to fall behind. I want you to take a year to work on the skills. When you take a year to work on the skills, you will begin to see the efficiency of their speed increasing significantly in year two and in year three. Then before you know it, they can catch up and surpass their own age group.

Do not think that you're going to be doing this wrong by simplifying the process.

Mechanics first and The Homeschool Progress kit will help you get there. Then the skills and then we're working on the speed.

The Benefits Of Short Lessons

Short lessons are a Charlotte Mason philosophy and method in which she ensures that the children touch a plethora of subjects. She calls it a feast of subjects. And we're able to give our children the ration of knowledge they need when we cohere to these short lessons.

Short lessons increase as the child's skill increases,

Then their speed will help them to get more done in the same amount of time. When we increase the lessons because their skill is there, then we're able to get through more of the lessons accurately.

One thing that short lessons do is increases the attention span.

If you understand where your child can be completely attentive, focused on perfect execution during these short lessons, the skill will be built.

This is why when our children were struggling with learning, I would break up our lessons into two or three lessons a day, all of short lessons, and being able to get the repetition in place.

Do not be afraid to do short lessons. You'll benefit long-term than if you were to let it drag out until the lessons are done.

Our brains do grow weary.

When our brains get to that point of weariness, it's not possible for your child to really finish their lessons. So adhere to those short lessons and you'll see amazing progress.

The Secret To Progress

When our children are get behind, we have the tendencies, as moms,  to worry about grade levels. We might start comparing our children to what educational people tell us our children should be at in that grade level. What I want you to do is stop that and I want you to begin to help your child start comparing himself or herself to who they were yesterday or last year, the beginning of the school year.

We want to help our child to be able to look back and help them to see the skill and the speed increasing.

Inside the Homeschool Progress Kit, I walk you through exactly how to be able to tell your child how to compare themselves. It's all about the Confidence Baseline™. It'll help you to be able to see how to get that skill going while you're working on the mechanics, as well as that speed.

When we put our kids comparing to themselves, it doesn't matter what they're being successful in, it's all because they're comparing themselves to who they were yesterday or the week before, the month before, the year before.

They're getting really good at focusing on how to better themselves. If we can give our children that lesson, they will avoid a whole lot of stuff down the road. But more importantly, they'll begin to see progress.

Now, you as a mom can be aware of what needs to happen at grade point or at grade levels, but you do not want to pass that stress onto your child. You want to use that as a baseline of where their grade, their educational path should be.

Then you will have the educational path of where they should, their skills should be, as well as their speed should be. But then you have your child's ability and skill and they should be parallel until they become one.

When you focus on the mechanics first, then the skills and then the speed, you will see that they'll quickly get onto this educational path. But in many cases, children exceed this.

The educational path is really there for the average student, not those that are a little behind or those who are ahead. Keep that in mind. 

One last tip that I want to leave you with is to keep your children reading aloud, even if they're already ahead.

Don't make it a part about just your struggling readers having to keep reading out loud, but have it be a family thing. 

Encouraged your kids to read out loud, not just in front of you, but to other people to keep that confidence there because it's not just about progressing within themselves, it's about being able to feel confident as they begin to take their place in society. 

So the challenge task for this final training is that you're gonna commit to focusing on growing the skills of your child that is behind by starting at their confidence baseline. Once you get the skills, then you focus on the speed.

I hope this has helped you to get confidence as a homeschooling mom to take your child from behind to learning progress.

These five simple steps are easy and laid out, but you might need more help. I know the majority of people do. I encourage you to get started with a my guide and three posters that I've created for Homeschool moms who just need a little encouragement along the way.

These will help you to show how to influence your child to show progress, the secrets to identifying gaps in your children, as well as how to motivate your children to love learning.

Solve learning challenges guide and poster set will help the homeschooling mom know how to get her kids to show progress in their learning.