Well, next week we will be closed to celebrate American Thanksgiving but I am likely to not update again so…
We have continued our semester with very quiet days one child at a time. They are getting LOTS of intense and focused instruction but remember, they are children so we are balancing the ACADEMICS with learning games and physical activity.
Diego has been learning long division and is mastering the multiplication tables with slow progress. He enjoys some quiet independent time daily reading La Biblia en Accion and asking questions about the various accounts of the Bible. It’s a joy to sit with him and answer his questions – often just by finding a Bible verse that helps him to see HOW to apply that to his own situation. We also use lots of YouTube videos ( How did I ever teach without YouTube?) and have been watching Veggie Tales and Super Libro renditions of the classic Biblical accounts. All dubbed and captioned in Spanish. Because I really want him to KNOW the Bible and we focus on English later. Other topics besides English grammar, ASL, and Math have included the Dead Sea and Salt Crystals, where teeth come from, gymnastics and the Olympics, and other random subjects that Diego has caught a glimpse of and asks about. Such a curious mind! Thank God for this boy and pray for him.
Natalia is with us two afternoons each week. We are working on Sign Language and communication skills (turn taking, asking, telling, answering, clarifying information). The other day, her mother reported that Natalia tried to fingerspell TJ Maxx to her! I am guessing, she signed the T and J and then maybe added a few other letter motions to complete the word. loves to get out there to run and play and swing and is learning to ASK for these things with formal signs rather than just motions.
We still have Mizael coming most afternoons and enjoy his quick mind, desire to learn and his help with technical things like setting up our OSB and green screen as Betsy works on teaching videos for ASL students and specific learning videos for other Deaf children.
Pray for these three. Pray also for our new student who needs to have full-time learning and HOW can we accommodate his needs in this time of isolating students and maintaining healthy distances from one another.
Pray also for our Adult Deaf Friends – we chat by video means but there is NOTHING like sitting in a room and having a real conversation. With American Thanksgiving break coming up, Betsy will have some extra time to invite Deaf friends one (family) at a time for crafts and snacks and games – all must happen indoors because we are having a plague of MOSQUITOS – which necessitated the purchase of a screen door for the classroom. Nonetheless, we are planning for some Christmas crafts and special activities to help to meet the needs of our Deaf friends in the area.
Thank you for praying for us!