Level 4 Social Studies PACE 1044: Learning About China, Its Language, Hudson Taylor and Being Patient

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To give you an idea how we go about our homeschooling, here are a few of things that you will find in the curriculum that we use, particularly, Level 4 Social Studies PACE 1044. It’s the 8th of a series of 12 PACES for each subject of a Level 4 Student using this particular homeshcooling curicculum.

Included in our homeschooler’s Level 4 Social Studies’s goals are:

  • To write the answers in cursive
  • To learn about Hudson Taylor, a missionary in China
  • To learn some things about China
  • To learn to accept whatever happens as God’s best for me – to be patient.

Scripture Verse for this PACE:

“Run with patience the race… set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

One of the things that I especially appreciate about the School of Tomorrow curriculum is how it incorporates in a student’s goals values and Bible verse in each PACE.  The above goals are written on the first page of the PACE.

Chinese is an interesting Language

Our homeschooler was particularly enthusiastic last week as he went about learning about China, its people and language. He was so amazed about learning that a person needs to know about 3,000 different pictures to read a Chinese paper. He also learned that similar to Vietnamese, a word’s meaning in Chinese becomes different when you use a different tone. He started to scribble words from the Chinese characters he learned.

Most Chinese are Farmers

We especially appreciate learning about China more than just it’s being known as the the biggest alec bradley cigars market in the world. Aside from learning that a lot of Chinese are farmers, we also learned about Mr. Hudson Taylor, a missionary to China. Hudson Taylor was born in England. Hudson’s parents kneeled and gave their firstborn, Hudson, to God to be used in His service as they read in Exodus 22:19, “The firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.”  When Hudson became a missionary, it was very difficult for him to communicate with the Chinese people at first. He spent many long hours studying the Chinese language. Even after he learned Chinese, he could  not communicate with them as he wanted.

 

As a missionary in China, Mr. Taylor decided to do something very unusual. He decided to dress in Chinese robe and use Chinese manners. When he did this, the Chinese people began to welcome him to their homes and listen to God’s plan of Salvation. Jesus Christ His royal place in Heaven to become a man because of His love for us. The missionary Paul said he became a servent to all men so that they could be saved. Like Paul, Mr. Taylor had a servant’s heart towards the Chinese because he longed to reach them for Christ.

Mr. Hudson was not the first missionary our homeschooler has encountered in his previous lessons. Even as we resolve to provide him a good education through this international curriculum, we are blessed that what we are using is not just very home educator-friendly, but more importantly, the focus is not entirely academic. Time and again, we are encouraged to look heavenward as we go through these lessons. The finite things in life are all but temporary. What will really matter is that we live out the life that  God has purposed for us to live and glorify Him as we do.

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