How Do You Think Your Kids Would Do On A Long Trip?

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Looking At Life Through a Poor Man’s Lens

As we’ve lived in Asia, some of the greatest experiences is learning from the people.  As Americans, we often think we have all the knowledge.  I have come to realize that true knowledge comes from understanding our Creator and learning from those who have experienced life more than from textbooks (or blogs:)

This past year, we lived near the Bunong hill tribe people.  These are a people that by world standards hold no knowledge, are illiterate, uneducated, and poor. But, they have knowledge and wisdom near extinction.  They are gradually integrating their ways into the Khmer culture surrounding them.  But here are some interesting things we have learned from these new friends.

  1. Resin to start a fire comes from a tree.  With a little heat, you can start a bonfire.

2. Bamboo can be used to cook food over a fire or to make a cup to drink from.

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3. Elephants that are loved never need to be chained because they will always return to their family who raised them.  (This also solves the problem of feeding a large elephant but your neighbor’s garden should be protected!)

4. Land is to be shared and cultivated as a community and boundaries cause battles.

5. Immorality effects the whole community not just the individual.

6. The Creator gave us resources to use in moderation but greed destroys man.

What a privilege to know these people and the many things we have learned from them.  I challenge you today to get to know people from other cultures, religions, and economic levels.  Ask them questions.  Let their experiences speak into you.  Please share knowledge you have gained from others that was unexpected.  Check out our website for more!

Questions American Kids Ask After They’ve Been Out of America Too Long!

My kids were born and raised in Asia.  They know no different but some of the greatest laughs have been seeing America through their eyes when we visit.  Here are some of the classic questions and phrases they have thrown out over the years! These are the top ten ordered in what I think is least to most hilarious.  Comment below if you get a chuckle or two!

10. “What is a pop tart?”

9.” I hate peanut butter, corn dog, and hot dogs!”

8. “Gramma, Do you know how to use a microwave?”

7. “What is Target?”

6. “Why do their babies sleep in another room?”

5. “Why don’t they eat their bugs in America?”

4. Crossing over the Texas to Oklahoma border: “Where is border patrol? How long will it take?”

3. “Why are so many people pregnant?”

2. “Taco Bell is famous!”

1.”Why can’t I pee on the side of the road?”

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Release Your Inner Teacher

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What did I say when given the opportunity to move to the jungles of Cambodia away from civilization surrounded by waterfalls, elephants, and hill tribe people.  “Yes!” But, one caveat, I would have to homeschool my 4 children.  To some of you elementary ed grads, thats a slice of pie but not me.  I am a nurse practitioner and love helping the sick, working, and sending kids to school.  Don’t get me wrong, I like my kids but each day sending them to school is a pleasure.  So I never pictured myself having the patience to be with my kids all day long.  I mean half of the time I have to play the most dreaded mother role: referee.  So a year ago with hesitation and fear, we moved.  I began homeschooling my kids.  With no supplies, I didn’t know where to begin.  Fortunately I found a wonderful website: www.allinonehomeschool.com.  This is an already prepared and tried curriculum for homeschool that is free, yes free!  Its easy to use and all online including the books and did I mention it was free.  So I got started and I want to share with you the advantages I found in homeschooling this past year.

  1. Because of the structure and classroom setting, it really is manageable and playing referee happened a lot less than I had anticipated.
  2. I got to watch my kids: learn to read, learn algebra, memorize the times table and I felt pride that I had done it!
  3. When I didn’t know a topic, youtube, Khan academy, or google did!
  4. I got to learn American History with them! I didn’t value that education when I was young but this time around it was fun.
  5. They are smart.  They got smarter and did well on tests, they liked learning and didn’t dread it (much), and I got to assist them in learning at their pace instead of at a schools pace.
  6. It was much easier than I thought it would be.
  7. There is so much support on FB and online forums these days.
  8. My kids didn’t miss school much in fact they enjoyed the freedom.  WE even did school at a swimming pool, hotels, and even a waterfall one day.
  9. Although I feared their social well being, I found that their interactions with each other, with us, and with neighbors improved and their social needs were met.
  10. They got my one on one attention.  This freed me from the mommy guilt I had experienced before, and they became better kids because of the attention they got from me.

I know that homeschooling is not for everyone, but do consider these advantages when an opportunity comes for you to travel with kids!  Don’t let a school slow you down.

Share your comments here! Are you homeschooling or would you ever consider it?

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