Homeschooling overseas

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allgrace
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Homeschooling overseas

Unread post by allgrace » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:53 pm

Hi everyone,
My husband and I are applying with a missionary organization. As we are moving along in the process I was wondering if anyone on here has transitioned to mission work while homeschooling?
How did you juggle time for fundraising, moving, etc. And homeschooling? Did you take a break from school or do something other than MFW while you transitioned?
Also, what is it like homeschooling overseas?
We feel called to continue homeschooling overseas so any advice you have is helpful.
Thank you,
Grace
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Julie - Staff
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Re: Homeschooling overseas

Unread post by Julie - Staff » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:05 pm

Hi Grace,

I suppose international families are pretty busy with ministry plus homeschooling :)

While you wait, I thought I'd share an archive of conversations between international families, in case there is a gem in there for you: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5480

Also, the recent conversation about "working" and homeschooling may apply to your situation (and I threw in a link to archives about that topic, as well): viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15939

Thanks for your ministry!
Julie

allgrace
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Re: Homeschooling overseas

Unread post by allgrace » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:09 pm

Thank you Julie. I found out that the organization we are working with has an educational consultant who homeschooled her kids overseas so I think she will have some good advice for me. The threads you sent are helpful as well.
Thank you
Grace
"Sanctify them by the Truth, your word is Truth" John 17:17
Ds10: CTG
Dd7:MFW 1st
Dd5: MFW K
Ds 3: VOD
Ds. 2: being very active😜

LemonadeLover
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Re: Homeschooling overseas

Unread post by LemonadeLover » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:31 pm

Whew. This is one topic I can talk about! Our kids were young during our initial fundraising.
From the time we joined our org, went thru training, raised funds, to finally getting overseas was 3 years total. In the beginning I had just one baby, so I was able to work side-by-side with my husband on a lot of stuff. After adding 2 more babies (and being more introverted), I just handled stuff behind the scenes (updating our contact database, handling mail, etc). As soon as I knew we would be moving overseas, I started decluttering & downsizing our belongings. I'm super detail/spatial-oriented, so the actual packing process takes me about 2-3 weeks. It's immensely helpful if you can arrange for someone else to take your kids for a few hours per days, or a chunk of days so that you're not distracted by all the daily needs. Independent older kids may be able to keep up with some of their school work (math, LA, etc) while you're busy with other things.

We've moved several times and it takes a week to get over jet lag, and about two weeks to unpack the essentials and orient to a new city. If you and/or your children will be studying a new language - this will have a significant impact on your schedule. Shopping for basics needs/running errands may also look very different, and be more time consuming. You may have to learn new methods of cooking and adjust to different standards of cleanliness. Don't be too hard on yourself or your kids during that initial transition. Learn about cultural adjustment. Don't just read a book - make sure your org offers training about it!

Find out what the country's laws are regarding homeschooling and if those laws pertain to expats (and if/how they are enforced). Find out what other expat families in your city do for their children's education. We lived in one city with only 6 expat families who all homeschooled and it was great fellowship. Then moved to a larger city with tons of expats, most of whom sent their kids to a private school, and we felt much lonelier. In my experience it was much more cost effective to bring our books in our luggage than to ship them. If you don't expect regular visitors that can carry your books in for you, research the cost/limits/fines for shipping. Books can very quickly fill up your luggage weight limit (and hurt your husband's back), so spread them out throughout your luggage. Wrap a stack of books in a shirt, or in a plastic bag to prevent them from sliding around. Extra large suitcases & duffel bags are only useful for bulky lightweight items. Invest in luggage that is sturdy, yet lightweight.

We spent 3 years overseas (homeschooled my oldest in PreK/K), had a 1 yr home assignment (schooled 2 kids in K, 1st), and then 1.5 yrs in a new country (3 kids in PreK/K, 1/2, 2/3). This past year has been our first with MFW (ECC). We just got back to the US a few months ago. Due to many unforseen hiccups in our life, we'll be continuing with ECC this coming school year for 4th, 3rd, & K (+ toddler & baby). We did try a private school overseas for 2 months, but pulled out because it cost too much time & money. A bilingual preschool can be a huge blessing though! Most of the homeschooling moms I knew overseas did not have very heavy loads of work responsibilities with their org. Either a part-time nanny (to take the little ones to the park) or a weekly house cleaning helper can be a sanity saver.

Let me know if you have any more questions, there's so much more I could share, but don't want to overload you with details that aren't relevant to your situation.
Last edited by LemonadeLover on Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:19 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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allgrace
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Re: Homeschooling overseas

Unread post by allgrace » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:05 pm

LemonadeLover,
Thank you so much! All of that is helpful. I will pm you.
Grace
"Sanctify them by the Truth, your word is Truth" John 17:17
Ds10: CTG
Dd7:MFW 1st
Dd5: MFW K
Ds 3: VOD
Ds. 2: being very active😜

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