How do you help your children work through discouragement academically, particularly if they struggle with dyslexia or some other disability? What if they’re just not good readers, and are discouraged with the difficulty?
I love being able to respond to these difficulties as they have them, but sometimes it’s helpful to have something to share with kids that can help them find and evaluate Scripture on their own before you discuss it with them.
If you’re interested, I’ve uploaded a document I wrote several years back on this topic. It’s a worksheet for children in 4-6th grade, although younger children will do fine with it if a parent or teacher reads it with them. Included in the document is a list of ways that God uses learning troubles in people’s lives. I love seeing how God actually turns learning disabilities into assets. What an amazing example of God’s power and love! Here is the disability worksheet ESV. Let me know if you’re able to use it, or if you have feedback!
How God can use my learning problems:
- Learning problems help me to be aware of my need for God.
- Learning problems help me to be kind to other people because I know what it’s like to feel stupid, feel sad about failing, or be made fun of.
- Problems help me learn perseverance.
- Problems help me to know how to help others who struggle to learn (That’s because I know the pitfalls and have sometimes learned how to overcome them.)
- Learning problems force me to think creatively because the normal ways of learning or reaching a goal don’t always work.
- Learning problems teach me that God has great power, and he delights in using anybody.
If we don’t learn to follow God, how can our problems be a burden?
- We may have self pity (“I can’t learn the Bible, I can’t read well.”)
- We may feel despair (“Every time I try something new I fail.”)
- We may feel envy (“Why can’t I be like Julie who is so smart?”)
- We may become discontent (“If only I didn’t struggle, I’d be happy.”)