Testing and fun at RVA

This last week, Lydia, Abraham and I drove up to Kijabe, Kenya to attend the annual AIM Educational Support Week held at Rift Valley Academy.  We had a great week with other homeschooling missionary families while getting our annual standardized achievement testing done for our kids.  The kids spent each morning in testing, then spent a few hours with the Eden Project Team teaching them about eco-friendly gardening and conservation.  After lunch in the cafeteria, they spent the afternoon in their respective grade classrooms with their “Titchie Pal” (an RVA student assigned to be their buddy for the week) learning such things as history, science, PE, art and other subjects.  They had a great time getting to know other homeschool kids who live in such countries as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa/Lesotho, as well as the kids who attend and live at RVA.  After school each day they had time to be with their friends playing basketball, rip-sticking, or just walking around enjoying time together.

I (Lesli) had the opportunity to go to some classes geared towards homeschool parents, as well as classes about living in remote locations in Africa.  One great class was about “Bush Medicine”…learning about different (and sometimes strange) diseases and medical issues that arise here in Africa while living in remote locations.  The week ended with “Titchie Field Day” on Saturday, a day for elementary kids to do fun carnival-like games and eat freshly made doughnuts made by the RVA Junior Class as a fund raiser.  We are so thankful we were able to attend this great education week, glad the kids did well on their yearly acheivement tests, and happy to arrive safely back here in Nairobi this afternoon to be reunited again as a whole family.  I’ve included below some photos of our week up at RVA.

Abraham learning about energy conservation while building a fire

Abraham learning about energy conservation while building a fire

Lydia with her friend Savannah from Tanzania

Lydia with her friend Savannah from Tanzania

Abraham showing off his rip-stick abilities

Abraham having fun with the rip-stick

Third and fourth graders praying together after an afternoon of basketball playing and instruction

Third and fourth graders praying together after an afternoon of basketball playing and instruction