The missionary community here in Curahuasi is really excited about the opening of the Diospi Suyana school on March 17th. Our four kids will be in first, third, fourth, and fifth grades and I will be teaching as well. The facilities and the quality of education offered will be far, far above what is available here currently, and most importantly, this is a chance for the kids who attend to get training in the Bible and see the Christian life lived out.
Although the composition of the school will be 90% Peruvian, the directors (one German and one Peruvian) have made provision for the missionary kids who will be attending. Every day the foreign kids will have their own class time from 11:40 to 1:15. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, yours truly will be teaching English language arts, a little American history, and giving support for the task of attending school in a second language. I am really excited about the opportunity and I also see the difficulties therein. I will have eight students, two in each grade, and I think we will all be in one classroom. That is a lot of needs, difference in abilities, and responsibility, folks.
We have decided to order Sonlight curriculum for teaching language arts. I am going to go ahead and order the core curriculum (that means teacher’s guide, curriculum guide) for each grade that I am teaching next year, even though it is my understanding is that they overlap. I am hoping to set this up as clear and easy to follow as possible so that others can come in and take over if I move on to teaching ESL to the Peruvian kids in the future or in the case that some moms may want to borrow the material for homeschooling. We will order an extra set of readers so that each student can take the books home and keep up with their reading.
There is not really a budget for the missionary kids, so what does all this cost? Each grades’ curriculum is $400 to $440, for a grand total this year of $1646. Each extra set of books costs around $160 (times four). With shipping, I ordered $2427 in materials. Wonderfully, my dad is coming to see us in April, as are some other American visitors, and we will coordinate getting them into the country that way. If we get extra money, we will buy curriculum for future years or books for the school library.
If you would like to contribute to the purchase of this original set of curriculum, that would bless these dear kids (and their teacher!). You can send a donation through this website: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=4d6052
We would also love donations from people who have used this curriculum and still have an old set lying around their house. By faith, we will be teaching missionary kids for years, so we’ll accept any and all grades’ curriculum or readers. We will put the books we receive in our new library! Our address here is: Allison Caire- Diospi Suyana- Apartado 210- Abancay, Apurímac, Perú.
I am so proud of all eight of these kids and how well they demonstrate Christ here in Curahuasi. Like Paul in Philippians, I eagerly expect that God will help me to serve them faithfully as a teacher. Please pray for us as we try to learn together!