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Home Sweet Homeschool….The First Breakthrough

We were going about our day when it just happened……our first breakthrough!
All summer and off and on for years, I’ve been teaching my middle son, Rylan, to read.  He tries, but it’s neither fun nor easy for this little math minded cutie.  He’s been able to do crazy math problems in his head since he was 5, but reading takes some work.  It’s hard for him, I think, that he has a brother who has been reading everything he could get his hands on since before he turned 6.  They are just gifted at different things, but I think it’s a little intimidating.  No matter how I tried to convince him that reading was fun, his response to it was always, “Do I have to?  I don’t like to read!”

I was determined to get a quick start this morning since we didn’t get everything accomplished that I wanted to yesterday.  Caden, my 10 year old, was right next to me encouraging me so we could finish earlier.  So we started our family Bible time. I asked Caden to flip in his Bible to John 14:15-21. Rylan quickly grabbed his Bible too and I taught him how to find the verses.  You can imagine my surprise when, before I asked Caden to start reading, Rylan had begun to read….the entire passage!  Tears were literally running down my face as he tried his hardest and only got stumped a couple of times on hard words.  And the whole time his in-a-hurry brother encouraged him on and patiently waited for him to finish!
Then, when he was done, he said, “Reading IS fun, especially when it’s from the Bible! Can I read more from the Bible to you tonight?”
The schedule that we had then ceased to exist as we spent some time talking about what it means to read God’s Word for our selves…to show Him our love through getting to know Him, by praying, reading His Word and by obeying Him.  It was amazing…and took about an hour longer than I had planned!
Although we then continued on with the rest of our day,  I knew that nothing would be more important that what we had already learned!

Here are the verses that he read in John 14:

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Tori permalink
    09/06/2011 8:54 am

    That is so awesome Jennifer! Yeah Rylan!

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