|About the Book|
One of the benefits of choosing an expatriate lifestyle is the opportunity to expose our children to other cultures. At the same time, it is important to us as parents to be able to provide our children with the best possible formal education.MoreOne of the benefits of choosing an expatriate lifestyle is the opportunity to expose our children to other cultures. At the same time, it is important to us as parents to be able to provide our children with the best possible formal education. Because of the varying strengths and types of schools that will be available depending on where we choose to live, we will have to take a pro-active role in planning our childrens education. This ebook explores a wide range of information and resources that are available to help us do this. It provides vital information on the special challenges we face educating our children while living the expatriate dream. It also can be used as a tool to plan for those important events that occur during a students progression from nursery school through college while living overseas.We will sometimes have an overwhelming number of options to choose from. Some of us will want our children to be educated in an American-style curriculum. To others, developing foreign language skills is an important reason for choosing a non-English speaking school system. Some of us will have children with special needs, either gifted and talented, learning disabled, or physically challenged. As our children become teenagers, opportunities to participate in sports and the arts will become more important factors in choosing a school. Sometimes the demands of our chosen lifestyle overseas will require us to consider boarding school options. This ebook gives families the background information they need to plan their childrens education in a wide range of overseas environments.While the emphasis is on schools and school-age children, this book looks at expat family members of all ages. There is information on the day care needs of babies and early childhood education for preschoolers. At the other end of the spectrum, we will look at college choices as well as the options for young adult family members who are not in college.Finally, many families who make the decision to leave the US and live overseas make the grave mistake of burning their bridges. In some cases the move overseas is a rejection of what the adults in the family see as a country no longer worth living in, and it is natural for children to take on these attitudes and incorporate them into their world view. At the same time, many people leaving their home country do so with idealistic visions of how wonderful life will be in their new home, and are unaware that even a successful move overseas involves an adjustment process lasting the best part of a year during which there will be a great many ‘down’ days and weeks. Children are especially vulnerable to disappointment and even depression in their parents, and what is perhaps a mild period of negativity for the parents can be amplified for the children. It is important for families with children who are leaving their home country to live for an indefinite time, perhaps forever in another country, to be realistic about the challenges and disappointments that they will inevitably face and to help their children understand that at least for the first few years this is going to be somewhat of an experiment – that we will all have a lot of fun and will also face a lot of challenges, and that this move may or may not work out over the long haul, and that we are all going to have to be honest with each other about our feelings and our fears.