On Thursday night, I (Cassidy) joined the other ladies who are training for the field for a one-night class with Brooke about considerations when homeschooling missionary children.
I hadn’t given homeschool much thought yet, since Jude is just 1, and so this class was very illuminating.
As we first move into the tribe our schedules as moms will be demanding. If we have school-aged children, we will need to continue to homeschool our kids while also finding time to spend with tribal women and do language learning. Because of this, Brooke had several recommendations:
1. Choose a curriculum in which the lessons are prepared in advance for each day (rather than one that gives you a year-long overview and requires you to plan each lesson).
2. Choose a curriculum that allows the kids to work on their own. This means that as they learn to read, the lessons have instructions they can read on their own.
3. Have LOTS of good books around. There isn’t as much going on in missionary life (no birthday parties to go to, no school sports, etc…) and during the rainy afternoons, Brooke’s kids would start to pick up books and now they LOVE to read.
4. Be flexible with WHEN you do school, but make sure you have a consistent pattern for your family. We want to homeschool during a time when the tribe is also working. It would be beneficial to be free and available to meet with women during their free time, and to give our kids time to play with the tribal children. Some missionaries do all their schooling early in the morning, and some do school all day, taking long breaks during the day. We just want to do it the same time each day to provide structure for our kids.
5. Involve your teammates and other visitors. Maybe a visitor can do a special painting class while spending time with us in the tribe, and it is a GREAT opportunity for our kids to be exposed to new things.
The point of all of this is to seek God to do what serves the mission and your family the best, and to not be bound by whatever we expect for schooling in the US.
Ways you can help!:
1. We would love prayer as we consider these things, plan, and eventually teach.
2. We need recommendations on a good curriculum. At this point, the only one we are pretty sure we are doing is “The Mystery of History” – if you see these books cheap anywhere, contact us!
3. Books! If you have any good reading books you would like to donate or know of any good books we should buy and pack, OR if you see any at Goodwill, garage sales, etc… Let us know!
4. You can come visit in several years and teach a class!
I am very excited to start teaching this little buddy soon!
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