Working with children in a home school environment provides the opportunity for parents to see firsthand what happens when their children are trying to learn. It is easy to mistakenly assume that when a child struggles with reading comprehension, it couldn’t possibly be due to a vision problem. This is typically because the child can actually read the text out loud. It may not be read perfectly, but it seems as though there is “no problem” seeing the actual letters on the page.
While we are all navigating life through this pandemic another epidemic continues to emerge – children are becoming more nearsighted. In the United States the percentage of myopic individuals increased as measured in 1972 and in 2010 from 25% of the population to 46%! And, before COVID-19, scientists were predicting that more than 40 million people in the US will be nearsighted by the year 2030.
Many, if not most, new homeschooling parents look immediately for a curriculum. Although they are confused by the vast array of choices and have scant knowledge to bring to bear in making the selection, they feel that they must have a curriculum immediately. Sadly, this is probably the worst mistake they could make.