“Our first battle began in Pre-K. After saving, begging relatives, and sacrificing to get my daughter into Holy Spirit, the school’s first recommendation was to keep her back in pre-K. Who gets left back in Pre-K.? Pre-K is about social and motor development. I told them no! I asked them to provide me with the extra materials so I can work with her at home”.
Natasha was promoted to Kindergarten. With a dedicated parent and supportive teachers she walked into Kindergarten with all the basic skills for success. “We had a homework routine of extra curriculum and practice grill. My daughter was a very, very slow learned. It took her months to learn what students learned in a week”. The Kindergarten teacher encourage Ms. M and Natasha as she assured them that “once a strong educational foundation is instill in Natasha learning will become easier”.
“I was determined that Natasha would not be another statistic. She will get a high school diploma. My child will have the best education possible. For us the best education was possible in a Catholic School because the principal, teachers and staff supported and respected that as a parent I knew what was best for Natasha. So, I continued to sacrifice and kept her in the Catholic School setting”.
A smaller setting
Ms. M talked extensively on her and her daughter’s Catholic School experiences. She met with teachers regularly and during those meetings, she requested extra material to work with her daughter at home. The smaller classes in Holy Spirit and later St. Rose of Lima High School, allotted her daughter the crucial one-on-one. The dedication and support in the classroom and at home resulted in Natasha receiving a full scholarship to a prominent Catholic College.
At the close of the conversation Ms. M leaned forward and stressed that her daughter’s success had a lot to do with frequent positive affirmation. “I repeatedly told her while it might take her longer to learn it does not mean she is stupid. She is just as smart as the other kids it just takes her longer. And so what it took God six days to make the world”.
Catholic School was the only option for Ms. M because her daughter she explained “would have been an illiterate high school student and would have no hope of attending college. She would been neglected in the overcrowded classrooms”. It was a struggle financially and emotionally. It was also taxing mentally primarily due to the academic drills she implemented with her daughter every night for the entire elementary years. But she would do it all again because now her daughter is a highly functioning adult working toward a medical career of her choice.