This post is part of International Homeschool Spirit Week, which is one of the many homeschool options you enjoy as homeschool teachers or parents. So easily we can get lost in our hectic schedules – homeschool co-op, grading papers, and making sure little Billy really knows those multiplication facts.
Too easily we can let the busyness of life consume our days and the next thing we know? We are again staring in the refrigerator wondering how to answer the beloved question what’s for dinner? Before we know it, another day has passed.
Just as we plan our meals and lesson plans, are we planning to serve others? Are we looking for opportunities each day to reach out and help someone in our community? Whether it be for a friend or a complete stranger – opportunities abound! Regardless where you live, there are many opportunities to serve in your community.
Homeschool Options and Ideas for Community Service
- Volunteer at the Animal Rescue Center
- Donate toiletries to or serve meals at the homeless shelter
- Help assemble meals with Meals on Wheels, or make cards to include with each meal
- Volunteer at the library – reshelf books or read to younger children
- Visit a Nursing Home or Veteran’s Home – sometimes just a smile and a genuine conversation will make someone’s day
- Help an elderly neighbor with yard work or housework
- Pick up trash along the highway or beach
- Tutor younger children
- Knit blankets for a local cancer clinic
- Treat your local law enforcement or fire department with baked goods
- Call local churches, non-profit organizations, or the Chamber of Commerce and simply ask, “How may we serve?”
Did you know there are also ways to serve others around the world right from your own home? Fill Shoe-Boxes with Operation Christmas Child, Sponsor a child through Compassion. Or maybe begin praying about going on a mission trip as a family. These are just a few of your other homeschool options for volunteering.
Successful parenting is intrinsic to successful homeschooling. And, as parent educators we gladly embrace these challenges and responsibilities, but – at times – it can seem overwhelming.
There are those that have gone before, successfully, that will share practical, proven strategies, principles and techniques at the 2015 Great Homeschool Conventions– allowing us to learn from their experience, and equipping us well for our own challenges and opportunities.
We are honored to have Kirk and Casey Martin, Dr. Scott Turansky, Joanne Miller, and Dr. Kathy Koch leading the Parenting Track Sessions. The Parenting Track Sessions at Great Homeschool Conventions include:
- Teaching Children to Respond Well to Correction
- Honor: The Secret Ingredient for Family Life
- 10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Meltdowns & Disrespect
- Men Only: I Want to Be a Good Dad & Husband
- Stop the Yelling, Lecturing & Power Struggles
These sessions are upbeat, often laugh-out-loud funny and PACKED with practical, proven strategies that you may begin to implement right away! So, in what ways do you volunteer outside your home? How does your family serve in your community? Get those cameras ready! We want to hear other homeschooling options for volunteering from you!