Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Nique's First Day in School

Nique on a bus ride to school.

Early this year, Jim and Dei agreed that their kids, specifically Nique was not going to school. The reason was the uncertain schedule of our trip to Australia. The compromise was to enter Nique in a summer school.

Nique went to the newly established Bob Hughes Learning Center in Bangkok, Thailand. The school was quite new, in fact it was still processing its permit to operate. The school was renamed Bangkok Baptist Learning Centre at the start of this school year. It's curriculum is based on the Accelerated Christian Education, which focuses on engraining biblical and high academic standards.

Nique was informally under home school for about a year--with her mother as her teacher--even before the summer school in Bangkok. We got a home school module from our family friend, the Panlilios, who introduced us to it. The module is based on the Distar Fast Cycle Reading Program.

So, with the informal training that Nique had, we were confident that Nique would make it through the summer in a breeze. And she did!

By mid-year, we informed friends of our blessing and now, the dilemma of registering Nique to school even if it was almost over a month since school began.

After thinking it over, we decided to ask the school for Nique's late registration. She's in.

Nique (left) with her sister Nira on their way to school. Nique still has a long way to go but she definitely has the will to walk to it.

She entered as a pre-school and halfway through the school year, she's now in Level 1 because of her progress (at 5, she reads, write and could throw a sentence or two of good English, she's also learning to speak and write Thai!).

Well, she's got the best teacher/coach at home anyway--her mother.

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