The students study many hours a day. Our schedule looks something like this:
Wake at 5:30am for chores, homework, laundry until 8am; breakfast and cleanup.
Class from 9am to 12pm, lunch, and class from 1pm to 3pm.
Chores, showers, and rest until 5pm; dinner and cleanup.
Prayer & Bible reading at 6pm, until about 6:30pm.
I will note here that this schedule tends to run ahead, usually about fifteen minutes.
And then in the evenings, we have more study time from about 6:30pm to 9pm. The electricity and internet is on from 6pm to 9pm, so this is when we can do research projects, study computer, or use the keyboard for singing. Stephen is also teaching a camera course two nights a week to train them on the three cameras the school shares.
And our latest idea? Movies. It practices their English, can provide some cultural lessons, and honestly, just gives them a chance to have some fun. We settled on every Friday night being movie night.
We chose five films and had them vote on them. Surprisingly, they first chose a documentary on Karen resettlement called Moving to Mars. They seemed to really enjoy it, and it has some funny bits to it. It is also a little sad, though, as the families struggle to adjust to a new culture and miss their homeland.
However, the movie night was very popular, and it was approved by the teachers to our Saturday evening activity, too.
And this time, we found ourselves hearing the dinner bell at 4:30pm, and we had finished the prayer & Bible reading at 6pm.
They were very excited to watch a movie.
This time they voted on Home Alone, which was so much fun.
They laughed so hard at every little bit of slapstick humor. There is something really hilarious about a whole group of students rolling on the floor at something even slightly funny. You can’t help but laugh because they are simply delighted.
And it was a nice ring into the for us; nothing like Home Alone to make it feel like Christmas 🙂