"Knowledge is more than an accumulation of information. It involves the ability to view that information with the right perspective and to use it for its proper end... It is the fear of the Lord that gives us the right perspective and prompts us to use it for the right end...Our main goal should be to glorify God. That is the ultimate goal to which all knowledge should be directed. Regardless of how helpful an item or body of knowledge may be to society, if it does not have as its final purpose the glory of God, it remains defective."
- Jerry Bridges The Joy of Fearing God
With all of this talk about taking mental pictures of words and visualizing words in order to learn spelling, I realize some readers may be wondering what to do if they have an auditory child? A kinesthetic child? Basically, a not visual child? ;)
If you truly think that your child may perhaps have visual processing delays or a learning issue of some sort, please understand that these reading examples on Understanding Charlotte do not pertain to such a child. It is not that CM reading lessons cannot benefit a child with processing challenges, but only that these examples with Punkin would be like night and day compared to a child with a learning disability or notable difficulty with visual learning. Phonics Pathways has an appendix that offers some wonderful ideas for tracking and visual processing exercises. Also, the cmason yahoo group or the Ambleramble yahoo group both have lovely, lovely mothers who have dealt with these issues with their own children, and can offer advice where I cannot. If CM reading lessons seem overwhelming to you, I can whole-heartedly recommend Phonics Pathways as a fantastic non-CM option (I used it with my older two girls).
... that this is just a blog. It's not real life. Because I want the posts and photos I share to encourage and inspire our readers, I don't often write about the negative, discouraging times. Believe me, though, they are there. Every day. By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are sinful people striving to live lives of obedience that glorify Him and to love one another. Anything good is all of His grace and all of His work in us. Let God Almighty have the glory.