The Block’s El’ise Bothe reveals her struggle with dyslexia and how difficult it is to homeschool her children who also have the learning disorder
There’s no denying that for many parents homeschooling their children throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been a struggle.
And for The Block stars El’ise and Matt Bothe, the situation has been even more challenging.
On Monday, mother-of-three El’ise opened up about the struggles of homeschooling her three kids when she and two of her children are dyslexic.
Family matters: El’ise has opened up about the struggles of homeschooling her three kids (pictured) when she and two of her children are dyslexic
‘Being home with the kids has been amazing, no lunchboxes, no school uniforms – PJs all day – but saying that, homeschooling still has been by far been the hardest because two of our children have dyslexia, and so do I,’ El’ise told 9Entertainment.
Baxter, nine, and Charlize, seven, both have dyslexia, while the Bothes’ youngest, six-year-old Maverick, doesn’t.
El’ise revealed that her daughter is very articulate but struggles with her writing, and her eldest son has difficultly concentrating for long periods of time.
‘I can sympathise with them’: Baxter, nine, and Charlize, seven, both have dyslexia, while their youngest, six-year-old Maverick, doesn’t
Also having suffered dyslexia her whole life, El’ise admits that it has been ‘daunting’ trying to teach her children as she often ‘struggles’ herself.
But the dedicated mum hopes that being home with the kids has shown them that despite their learning disorder, they can still achieve their goals.
‘I can sympathise with them because I get it. But I can also prove to them that no matter what struggles you have, you can always achieve your dreams,’ she added.
New build: On top of homeschooling El’ise and Matt are also juggling the renovation of their Perth family home amid the pandemic. Pictured: Matt and El’ise on The Block in 2019
‘Having dyslexia doesn’t mean you’re dumb, it just means we see the world in different ways.’
El’ise and Matt are also juggling the renovation of their Perth family home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The couple had started to renovate the property before appearing on the 2019 season of The Block, and have since finished several rooms including their daughter’s bedroom, the master bedroom and ensuite.
Home renos: The couple started to renovate their home before appearing on the 2019 season of The Block, and have now finished several rooms including their daughters bedroom, the master bedroom and ensuite