Well, yesterday went a lot better than I expected! I started tutoring both of my little brothers, and I was terrified they would not be willing to learn from their big sister.
Both of my brothers have learning disabilities – Sean was deaf for the first three years of his life, and even though he is now twelve, he still has a few problems; Kevin most likely has severe Asperger’s Syndrome but has yet to be tested due to my parents not being able to afford the medical expenses (…or being willing to accept that he might actually have a problem…). It makes me sick when I realize that both of my brothers are highly intelligent, and the schools just don’t seem to care that they could succeed in school if they were given the right attention. Sean is an amazing artist and can read at a higher level for his age, especially considering he couldn’t even talk correctly until he was almost four, and Kevin is basically a genius in everything.
I know I’m probably not the best tutor out there, but mom and dad can’t afford to pay for somebody who may or may not be able to do the job. Considering I know how my brothers work, I can make sure to give them help in the areas they need to work on and do it in a way that they can actually be able to understand it.
This little exercise is also going to help me figure out if I want to look into a career in teaching. Of course, this is just the beginning, so I have no clue where my mindset will be further on…. I guess I just have to wait and see!
If anyone has any suggestions on how I can help my brothers (cool activities and stuff like that so I’m not boring them to tears….), please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments. Any help will be appreciated!