A Florida mom created a unique learning space to homeschool her daughter. She didn't let a lack of qualifications stop her, and she's now seeing her daughter thrive with a lot of patience, consistency, and love.
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Fiorella Acosta Perkins is reassuring a lot of parents about homeschooling because she is convinced anyone can do it if they start with love and dedication.
"Society tells us you are not qualified to teach your child; only educators are. That's not the case; homeschooling has been around a lot longer than a public school has," the mother of two shared with The Epoch Times.
The 30-year-old mom realized she had to make a choice, so she left her microbiologist career to be a stay-at-home mom.
Though she went through a difficult time after finding out that her daughter was autistic, she put fear to one side and took action.
"I realized I can't depend on anybody for my child's progress. I was like, 'I need to learn how to do this on my own,'" she said.
Fiorella had previously talked about homeschooling with her husband, and she had reservations. Still, as she started researching it, she understood that it truly was a good option for her daughter Emi. She was not comfortable thinking her daughter wouldn't be able to communicate what she needed, and after she tried different methods at home, she saw her thrive,
"You go to school, [...] that's what everybody does. I love school, I have nothing against it, but I don't think it's for everybody. I would have to force her to adapt herself, who she is, and her needs to fit into the public school system. With homeschooling, you adapt the education to the child completely," Fiorella explained.
And the more she found out, the more confident she became that there are many ways to educate a child at home and help them find their strengths.
Emi keeps learning daily, and her own needs and interests lead the whole process.
"She is interested in letters and numbers, so we do a lot of that. I emphasize reading; I want her to like reading books because if I can teach her to read, she can learn anything she wants," the mother said.
Beyond academic progress, Fiorella also guides her daughter in essential skills such as getting dressed, brushing her teeth, socializing, and self-care.
"Patience is key, love is innate, and consistency is vital. Nothing can go wrong from a place of love," she added.
Fiorella has gradually learned how to navigate the knowledge environment in a loving way, and Emi's achievements grow daily.
"We took everything outside in nature; we [...] play with rocks, [...] paint the leaves, play in the sand, get in the water, spend an hour in the pool, and sit down to read a book. She likes being challenged; she needs that slight adaptation beforehand," Fiorella said.
The mother has also set up an online space on social media meant to be an "unapologetic" meeting point for Emi's friends, herself, her husband, and other parents living a similar experience to theirs.
"It's very reassuring because I want Emi to look back [...] and say, 'That helped me so much.' And when she grows up [...] I'll say, 'You accomplished all of it," Fiorella added.
And the daily quote that keeps inspiring Fiorella shows in everything she does: "I believe in the power of yet."
"When you get an Emi hug, there's nothing like it. She may not be able to tell me, 'I love you,' but when she rubs her face against mine, you can't deny the love she shows, [...] it's genuine," the mother concluded.