Now into our fourth week of school we are already having a great time learning and laughing together! We are LEARNING as we begin establishing a routine and strategy for our days, and discover what does and does not work inside a less than typical classroom setting. For the kids the books are filled with new subjects to learn, and as for me the subjects may be old, but still ones I must RE-learn. Predicates, action verbs, spelling list, phonic sounds, word problems and read alouds have come back to haunt me! All those things I thought I had left far, far behind!!! Through learning we are also LAUGHING! As I said school in Africa is just a little more quirky and we just have to laugh at our daily struggles and mishaps. Science experiements have already failed miserably, but we just move on! Unexpected bathroom visits are a commonality, interrupting class frequently, but we allow it! Glue just doesn’t work as well, making us wait 2 or 3 days for our art projects to dry. Pencil sharpeners don’t ever sharpen and when planning a lesson using internet you better have a back up plan- and then you better have a back up plan for your back up plan!! We are also already doing a lot of SWEATING! It gets hot inside our little one room school house. The upcoming dry season could get a little sticky!! Well, its an adventure, but at the end of the day Cason, Jolie and I leave school smiling, a tad bit smarter, and loving one another a little more deeply then we did the day before! I look forward to helping these kids unfold their gifts allowing them to continue being great disciples for Jesus Christ. They are already off to a great start!
Below are some pictures from our first few days..