Make Community Service Part of Your Homeschool

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[Editor's Note: Teaching children the benefits of helping others in their community is one of those important lessons we shouldn't skip -- whether we homeschool or not. This post Sarah at The Homeschool Classroom shared a great post of tips and advice how to add some community service to your homeschool curriculum plan including tips for activities for all ages -- young learners to teens -- and ideas on how to find available opportunities. It's a great resource for any parent looking to add a little service into their family's life! -Jenna]

Doing for Others: Making Community Service a Part of Your Homeschool:

VISIONS Service Adventures, British Virgin Islands, high school community service abroadAs Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Indeed, although as homeschoolers we have opted out of traditional public education, that doesn’t mean we have opted out of being part of the community at large. One unique but often overlooked benefit of homeschooling is that we have the opportunity for regular, deliberate acts of service.

My husband and I are both leaders in scouting organizations (Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for him, American Heritage Girls for me) that encourage community service. I frequently get emails from members asking for ideas for service. People want to serve but sometimes don’t know how or where to do so.

Opportunities are everywhere, for every age. But where do you find them?

  • Check out your local newspaper. Many papers list volunteer opportunities in your own community. In our newspaper, organizations needing help often have feature articles.

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Read more from Doing for Others: Making Community Service Part of Your Homeschool for more tips for all ages at The Homeschool Classroom

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