Schooling Overseas- An Introduction

For the next week or so, we’re doing a series that will hopefully be interesting and useful as we discuss one of the biggest decisions that we are faced with as we raise our children in another culture. That question as you may have guessed is how we choose to educate our children. Though the decision can be a tough one with so many factors involved, compared to the lives of the missionaries a century ago, we really are blessed to have such a variety of options available to us!

My vision for this coming week was hopefully to share with you some facts as well as various missionaries’ true experiences with each option, and of course to open up each topic for discussion so we can gain wisdom from one another. I hope you will take time to ask the questions that you have if you are in the deciding process, and for those who have kids who are grown or who currently have school aged kids, I hope you will share your wisdom, advice, and experiences with us.

Being that my oldest has only entered preschool this year, I wanted to let you know that I have been researching this topic and inviting the wisdom and input of a number of missionary moms in order to compile this series. The last thing that I ever hope to do is offer advice that I am not qualified to give, so rather than doing that, I present these posts as sort of a creative “research project” of sorts that will hopefully draw from the wisdom and experience of many others and put them neatly into an accessible series.  Thank you so very much to all of the amazing ladies who took the time to share about their experiences, and thank you in advance for the wisdom that will be shared in the comments!  I hope you enjoy this little series!

Do you have school aged kids, or are your kids still little? If you have school aged kids, do you see them continuing in their current option until graduation, or do you foresee a change? If you have little ones, have you already decided on the first option that you plan to try?

(Post by: Ashley)


5 Responses to “Schooling Overseas- An Introduction”

  1. 1 @ngie March 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    This will be an interesting series. Good for you launching it.

    I have a 3yr. old who I am keeping at home at the time being.
    My 3rd grader, 5th grader and 6th grader are in the Christian school we started. We started it to serve the kids in our orphanage. We opened it up for the inscriptions from the public. It is a Spanish / English school. This is the second year we have had the school and we plan on keeping our kids there until they graduate.

    Up until we started the school we were a homeschool family. There are days I miss it. Then I remember that this is the direction we felt God leading us.

  2. 2 Ashley L. March 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    My daughter (4.5yrs) is in Russian pre-school and this is her first year. My son (2.5yrs) is at home with me doing a very loose sort of home-preschool, but we’ll start him next year in the same preschool as his sister, mostly for the sake of language. For now we are planning to try national school first, but we are open to wherever God leads between now and then, as well as after.

  3. 3 Luiza March 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I have a almost 5 and a 2 year old. The little one is home having fun. I did this year preschool with the oldest one. He will go to kindergarten in the fall. We choose a christian English one and he will go to the christian English school then. We don’t want to home school as there are not many people who do this here and he will be quite isolated. He is very social and loves being with kids so it will be a lost for him to be home just with his brother. I don’t want also for him to go to the Hungarian school as the teaching system and methods are quite different than what you expect in US. Also we can’t help him at a level that he will excel in the school (grammar, composition papers). We will need to find a tutor and the cost of one is very high. I don’t want for him to feel stupid in the class but he will never be a native Hungarian speaking so he will need to work harder compared with other kids.
    I like that I have the option to go to an English school and a christian one.
    Also I have a view about being a missionary kid. I know that he will go back to US and I want for him to feel that he belongs there. I meet a lot of missionaries’ kids back in US who are angry because they don’t fit there. I don’t want for him to feel foreign to the place will be home for him one day. We are missionaries and he is here not because it is his choice. God called us here and he joined us being a part of the family. But I don’t want to force the note to make him feel “home” here. We are serving here but this is not our home. Also because we live in Hungary but we are working with other countries but not Hungary. I encourage him to play with the neighbors kids to be able to learn Hungarian but I will never force him.
    This is our opinion and choice.

  4. 4 Sarah March 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    My daughter is 3 and my son will be turning 6 this fall. Up until now they have been home with me (although they did attend a Filipino preschool together a few mornings a week during our last year in the Philippines).

    My son will be starting school this fall (they start at 6 years old here in Norway) and we’re still deciding whether to do homeschooling or a public school. We’ve very open to both options and since we need to make a decision by this summer, I’m very happy that this is a topic that will be discussed all week. 🙂

    Am enjoying reading through everyone’s answers!

    (P.S. Hi Luiza! I miss you!!!!)

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