Sunday, October 24, 2010

What We Are Doing in School

Have I told you lately how much I love homeschooling?  Well, I DO!!

Our homeschool curriculum is from a company called Sonlight, and they are currently sponsoring a mission project called "Mission India," which is a 5-week online learning adventure where we are discovering how God is transforming the lives of children and families in India.  We watch a video every Tuesday and Thursday chronicling a visit made to India by a pastor from the United States.  We have learned about the extreme poverty in which many in India are living, literacy classes that are teaching the women of India to read and write while also introducing them to the Lord, and the Children's Bible Clubs where the kids of India get to learn about the hope that is in our Savior, Jesus Christ.  During these five weeks, we are saving our coins and extra dollars to send in to "Mission India" in order to help send more children to the Children's Bible Clubs.  For every $1 we send in, one more child will be able to learn about Jesus through these Bible Clubs.

Sometimes as a homeschool mom, I wonder how much my kids are really absorbing and processing of all that I try to teach them.  I can tell this "Mission India" project is having an affect on them.  They will randomly say something to Mark or me that proves to me that they are soaking in everything we are doing.  On the way home from the grocery store a few days ago, Hannah said to me, "Mommy, I am lucky."  I asked her why she felt she was lucky.  Her reply was, "Because I am five years old and can already read and write.  Those grown-up ladies in India are just now learning what I already know."  And she is right--we were able to look at a few pages from the primers the ladies in the literacy classes use, and the math they are learning as adult women is comparable to the math Hannah is learning as a Kindergarten student. 

Mark and Benjamin went to church early one morning this past week for a breakfast, and it was still a little bit dark and was raining a bit.  As they drove, Benjamin suddenly said to Mark, "You know, Dad, there are people in India who don't have homes.  They just live out on the streets.  Fortunately it stays pretty warm in India because if it got too cold, some of those people would die."  Those are conclusions his little mind is drawing on its own.  We did see some video of families living on the streets, but he's smart enough to realize what that really means in terms of every day living.

I want my kids to know how blessed they are to live in the United States and to have all that they have.  I also want them to know the responsibility we have as Christians to reach out and share what we have with those who are not as fortunate.  This project is really making an impact on all of us.  Thank you, Sonlight, for giving us this opportunity!

Shifting gears, but staying with the homeschool train of thought, we are going to take a break from our regular curriculum this week to do something special.  We love sports in our house, and Friday night, we celebrated as the Texas Rangers baseball team made it to the World Series for the first time EVER!  We LOVE the Texas Rangers and were able to see them play a couple of games in Arlington back in the Spring.  So, in honor of our Texas Rangers, we are going to do a unit study this week on baseball!!  The kids and I are all really excited about this!  Some of the topics we'll study include:
  • the four teams that played to make it to the World Series;
  • the history of baseball;
  • some historical figures in baseball;
  • rules and plays of baseball; and
  • science and math in baseball.
We plan to wrap up our week-long study with a World Series party, and we'll tie in some cooking projects with our party menu.  I think it will be a blast, and I'll be sure and take some pictures to share with you so you can see how much fun we will have!!