Friday, May 29, 2009
Our Homeschool Ministry Project
The beauty of homeschool and project-based learning is the opportunity to do projects that will make a difference in the lives of others. A goal of our schooling is to learn compassion for others and to see the needs that are in our world. Being homeschooled doesn't mean that our girls are isolated from the world and our society. On the contrary, our homeschooling through real-world experiences gives our girls the opportunity to both see and respond to the needs around us.
We've been spending the last several weeks sorting through clothes that we have collected through the ministry, Tractors for Our Daily Bread, and our church. In July, we will be shipping the clothes to an orphanage, Eden Children's Village, located in Zimbabwe, Africa. We will be packing a 20ft container with good, used clothing for the children as well as adults in Zimbabwe. There is a great economic crisis in Zimbabwe today that does not seem to be getting better. Read more in "Zimbabwe: 'clothes are a luxury'"on channel4news.com.
We have clothes stored at our church, in our camper/trailer, in our house and in my husband's workshop. It has been our daily reminder of what is important and our commitment to help. This project has been a great way for our girls to DO something for those in need, and to use the money that we've made from our shops to ship the clothes.
Passive learning is out, active learning is in.
From the website, Dailylearners.com:
What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing. -Aristotle