School starts right at 8 o'clock here. (Of course, by that time our high school girls have been up for hours and are already studying at Instituto El Rey.) All of the kids start with Bible class, learning about different aspects of God and heroes of the Old and New Testaments. Next, it's time for math and science. After a quick recess, they study Spanish and reading. While the younger kids are now done for the day, the older kids get an hour for lunch and back they come! Depending on the day of the week, they could have English, art, computer, social studies, geography, or physical education.
We have incredible teachers: Our house-moms, Sinndya and Belkis, teach our Kindergartners and 1st graders. Doris is a former student of ours, who has worked with us for almost 4 years, and is now teaching three subjects. Kaitlen is a great volunteer who came for a year and is still here more than two years later. She is also teaching three subjects. Our newest teacher is Ruby, who has a long history with GH2K. She comes with her baby Jason and teaches math every morning. Once a week, Jason (geography) and Sarah (art) teach a class too.
We are blessed to have Sharon Washburn come and share her schooling wisdom with us. The Washburns are the former administrators of Instituto El Rey, and our mentors, so we love adding their heart and experience to our work.
Our kids do love to chat and get distracted, but when they're focused, they do great. Our teachers have done wonders encouraging positive attitudes and behaviors. We are seeing a lot of positive growth in the kids this year, and we are very encouraged for their future!