Goodness, blogging just hasn’t happened lately. So sorry! Let me see if I can make up for that…
School has started up. If you read our newsletter, you saw that I am now doing the morning classes here at the house. It’s working out like a little mini miracle! Of course, Elena thinks they’re here for her and she loves break time when she tells the kids where to sit and plays peek-a-boo the entire time! It’s been really nice being in the house this year. The afternoons are going well, too. Splitting up the girls in the afternoon has turned out to be a great idea. Both girls are advancing well in their own way. Janelle should be able to complete two years in one at this rate and start using the computer program for next year. I don’t know who’s more excited – her or me! Diana is finally seeing that yes, she can learn and yes, she can advance. She’s learning well how to read and write in Spanish (something that even at 9, she’d never learned) and the one IBYM student that will begin working with her in May is a teacher and is familiar with dyslexia, so she has some ideas on how to help her. It may not be English school anymore, but I really think the priority right now is her education. English can come later if need be.
Brian has a team of 4 this year between maintenance and administration. He has weekly meetings with them and they seem to be working well together. Afternoon work hours for the students have changed somewhat and continue to change. They are trying to include incentives and actual teaching programs (how to paint, how to build, how to fix vehicles, etc). He’s been working on general upkeep of the campus and has no big plans for this year as far as construction goes.
Next month, we will have a girl visiting from Vermont who will stay for about a month to help in the school. Also next month, the IBYM students are going on missions trips to different areas of Peru including Cusco and Ica.
And that should give you a pretty good idea of what’s going on here. I’m going to try to get back into the routine of writing once a week now that life is into more of a routine and my awful morning sickness stage seems to have passed. Thanks for tracking with us! Remember if you ever have any questions about what’s going on or life in general, drop us a note and I’ll include it in the blog. Sometimes it’s hard to think of things to write that you would find interesting, so if you’d like to know something, please let me know!
Have a wonderful day!