Under the shadow of Covid19, classes are happening on an individual basis and at times with two students in the same classroom. This is impacting the level of signing contact and we are seeing our youngest students more isolated from the older students and therefore not receiving that impact of fluent signers that we once saw.
BUT we continue forward. As of this writing, we are filing for our RE-OPENING documents and Lord willing, we will back in full swing before the end of the school year. By August, if all continues as it has been, we will be back to an 8 to 3:30 school day schedule with our students coming full time. As of today, we have separated the elementary level students to come in the mornings and our pre-school and high school students to come in the afternoon.
It’s working but it’s not the BEST case scenario.
Continue to pray for our work here as we continue to pray for our readers and web-guests to stay healthy and safe.
At CSCD we have several objectives, the most important of which is to see our students come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The second most important objective is language development.
The teaching staff arrives around 7:15 a.m. to prepare the classrooms for the day. Students begin to arrive anytime after 7:30 a.m.
The kids enjoy some free time until flag raising at 8 a.m. (when the sun is shining). By the raising of the flags and repeating of the Pledge of Allegiance, we seek to instill in our students a love and respect for their country and their government.
Following the flag-raising, we go into the chapel where we spend the first part of our day singing, sharing prayer and requests, reviewing Bible memory verses, participating in Bible drills, learning Bible lessons, and for the little kids, learning how to sit still in a group setting. Many ASL discourse-level skills are learned in the process of chapel times.
From opening exercises, we go to our classrooms. Each class has time to pray together in small groups or individually.
Since our students come in daily, we have devotional times as part of our class schedule so that each student has some time to read God’s Word and pray.
We revise our plans weekly to help to meet the needs of each child. We want them to have an opportunity to pray for their day in a small group with a teacher who helps to keep them focused. The older students are discipled to live for Jesus and encouraged to consider how they can invest their lives for God’s Kingdom.
By 9 a.m., we launch into our academic work. Vocabulary, reading, language development, social skills, and mathematics take much of the morning followed by Lunch. After lunch, the older students have some free time and the younger students go home. We move into afternoon classes: Bible, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, and other miscellaneous subjects.
Our youngest pre-school student arrives after her day in a mainstream classroom. She comes for some “play” time in which we seek to stimulate her conversational skills in ASL, Spanish and English.
The administrator who is also a teacher spends the after school hours working in the school office, handling phone calls and e-mails, updating the school website – while the other teacher work in their classrooms preparing lessons, cleaning up from the day, organizing for the next day, or assisting students who need special attention.
(2019) Our staff is down to two full-time workers who meet with other missionaries for Bible study and prayer on Tuesday evenings. Please pray with us for more workers. We have a list of adult learners desiring to improve their English, Spanish, reading, writing and mathematics skills.
We hope this little glimpse of our days helps you to pray more effectively for our ministry.