Reading with the little ones
One of the big challenges with the Homeschooling Curriculum we have is that the children who enter Grade one are expected to have a good knowledge of English and can to a certain extent also know how to read. For our little ones, English is their second language and for those arriving at Pasture Valley with no preschool background they find it very hard. For this reason many of the teachers at Pasture Valley (including myself) have had to put in extra one on one time with the grade ones. I have 2 students that I work with and it has been so rewarding to teach them how to read.
Camping on the lawn
The girls and boys camp was very special. The girls set up the tents on our garden lawn and built a big bonfire. We played a few games and had a special devotion time. Cooking the meal on the fire and making stick bread was a highlight. There is also something special with just being in the open and worshipping around a warm fire on a cold night.
Life at Pasture Valley during the lockdown
For many the COVID-19 lockdown has been a huge challenge, but at Pasture Valley things have been busier than ever. Since the lockdown we have had to organize ourselves a bit better so that the children’s education would not be neglected. We divided the children into 4 groups. The Homeschool group continued to be taught by Molly and Nelsiwe, while for grades 3-5 were taught by Aunty Jabu at the welcome offices. Uncle John teaches the Grade 6- Form 1’s in Grace house and Nick teaches the high school children. Some of the lessons that are on-line have been downloaded and the children were able to watch them at the Education centre. The teachers were also able to compile tests for each grade to assess the children’s progress made.
Eswatini went under strict lockdown for a while with soldiers monitoring the town and police checking vehicle access into towns. Food prices have increased substantially and vegetables and fresh produce is in short supply as well as specialized parts and building materials. We ordered dry food ingredients in bulk which lessens the number of trips needed to be made to town. Our caregivers opted to stay in so that they did not put the children at risk. The children have each been given masks. Hand sanitizers were placed in front of the education centre and offices.
Food for the children outside of Pasture Valley
With many families not being able to work during this time some have not been able to have money to buy food. We see more children loitering around begging for food as they are hungry. Thanks to the All4Jesus Foundation, we were able to purchase food items for food parcels and have been distributing these around our region.
- Thankfulness for God’s protection and good health of the children during this time
- Thankfulness for the Pasture Valley family and the unity we have to keep on glorifying God
- For the health and protection of our caretakers
- For wisdom and good leadership for our country during the epidemic
- For the children and families that are struggling as a result of losing their jobs or income during this time.