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A Time Line with Meaning

Learning to deal with dyslexia pretty much consumes my day. This is not a complaint, although within the last few months it may have been. Abby and I are having a really good year, and the God of creation is gifting us with creativity.

This morning, I got an idea and kept running with it. Abby mumbled something about me being weird, and I think I forgot school was for her for a minute. Do we really need students to have school?

Anyway, here are some facts about dyslexia, and this is the reason I went in search of an idea:

Memorizing non-meaningful facts (facts that are not personally interesting and personally relevant) is extremely difficult for most dyslexic children and adults. In school, this leads to difficulty learning:

History facts: dates, names, and places. Dyslexic students do well in history classes that emphasize why some event happened, and the consequences of that event, rather than rote memorization of dates and names. (Information taken from the above website)

Maybe it’s just me, but “rote memory of non-meaningful facts” isn’t very appealing to me, and dyslexia is not my struggle.

So, we set out to make a time line.

And, we made a big time line.

It covers the border of two walls.

It starts with Father Abraham (2000 B.C.)  and will end with Daughter Abby (2013 A.D. 4th grade).

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We plan to hang pictures as we go to make it more attractive.

Please share your ideas, and we will share our finished product at the end of the year.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sue #

    Be Encouraged, my son recently got married he has dyslexia, it took him 5 hours to write a speech with the help of a computer and then he printed it out on a light blue back ground and stood infront of 96 friends and family and gave a first time speech which left us all moved and with our mouths open at how well he coped. The photogragher and catering manager both said they had been to many weddings but had never heard such a good bridegrooms speech.
    School had always been difficult for Sam , but we always said just do your best , if that meant being unable to spell alot of things , and taking longer in exams , he did his best, left school after passing his exams, went on to study to be a carpenter and now has his own small business.
    Just keep encouraging, also Sam loved watching historal and general knowledge programmes rather than reading, but books with lots of pictures with the facts on the page were a great help as he still took in the information, and was a mind of information and still is! Isn’t God good…. yes He is . God Bless you all. Sue 🙂

    October 22, 2013
    • Thanks, Sue, for sharing. That’s so great! I know you were proud. I look forward every day to what Abby is going to accomplish – what The Lord will accomplish through her. Thanks for your encouragement.

      October 22, 2013
  2. Karen #

    What a great daily visual to have that timeline up, how creative & what potential too. I look forward to seeing it full & end with lovely Daughter!

    October 22, 2013

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