We believe that education is one of the keys to breaking those chains that have wrapped themselves around the families of our kids. We believe instilling a love of learning is crucial to long term success in school and seven years ago, when we started the house, we began to pray for a way to educate the kids at home. Of course we knew homeschooling would be a great solution, but we didn't understand the technical reasons why it would be so much better for our kids. We prayed diligently, and in October of 2019 a church group came out and built us our school building! With some ideas from the government, we were able to come up with a plan for how to comply with the law AND be able to provide our kids with a trauma informed learning environment, where we could help them not only reach their educational goals, but also continue to work through all the challenges that present themselves with kids who have been through extreme traumas.
Our kids do a combination of the Educational Departments public school classes (online) and a Christian Education Curriculum. They are able to feel the success at being in the same class as their peers, while be able to work at their own pace on material that is at their current level. We continually see kids with just a little encouragement, work towards being at grade level and we love celebrating each victory with them!
School days at The Refuge consist of Science, Math, Reading, Spanish, English, Social Studies, History, Karate, Art/Music, Cursive, Geography, Civics, and Socio-Emotional classes. It makes for a full week and by the end they're ready to relax!