Homeschool and Community Service

Homeschooling is a challenging task. It takes a lot of time, organization, effort, perseverance, patience and more. On top of the education aspect the parent then has to help the child reach outside the home for social networking, community service and more. A homeschool parent has their plate full. Here are a few ideas to help you and your family be more involved in your community. Often, coming up with things to do is harder than just going and doing something once you think of a great idea.

  • For those that love nature you can find many opportunities to volunteer in your state or national parks. There are endless opportunities from being a camp host to a tour guide. It is really fun to volunteer in your nearest park. This would make a great family vacation as well.
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or shelter. Let your kids get in and serve those with less than they have. This is a great thing to do any time of year but a lot of families love to do this around the holiday season because it reminds kids not to be ungrateful for the wonderful life they have even if they don’t get one of the things they ask for on Christmas.
  • Visit a rest home in your area. You may want to call the event coordinator at the home and see what they need and when would be best to do something. They may even have ideas of what you can do. Many times they love it if you perform music or simply sit and play games with the residents. The time you spend there is never taken for granted by the residents.
  • Call your closest crisis center (some help women and children) and ask what items they are in need of. You could head up a drive to collect the items needed. This is a great activity for children because they truly have to learn about what the center is there for so that they can ask for money or goods from individuals as well as companies.
  • Most communities have something like a community center or the local library that will offer literacy programs. Volunteering and helping adults and children alike to learn how to read is very rewarding. You children may be shocked to find out how many adults can’t read.
No matter where you live you will find opportunities to serve if you just look. They don’t have to be organized. You can rake the leaves off of a neighbors lawn, help an elderly or disabled person with their shopping, volunteer at schools. Also, churches have great programs in most areas. It doesn’t matter where you serve others, it’s always a rewarding experience.