This is the first in a series of 5 things I found to be Essentials to Homeschooling. One of the most important things I’ve found to be beneficial to our homeschooling was community service. And since we have participated in the M L King Day of Service through Camp Fire for the past several years it today seemed like a great day to highlight both of these things.
Together or Individual
The neat thing about community service is that it come be done together as a family or your children can participate in activities on their own. My oldest worked at a local service center for most of his school years. Since he was so young the first year he volunteered that requested that I volunteer with him. At the time I only had one other child and he went to a play group while I served with my son. I think they were surprised at what a hard worker he was and after the first year he continued to volunteer with them on his own. We became involved in Camp Fire in 2000 and I started participating in service projects that were family oriented. As they got older they moved on to participating with other teens. One of the things I appreciate about their service with Camp Fire is that it provides one organization to deal with as far as school records but they have been exposed to a wide variety of opportunities. They have cooked and served the homeless, removed invasive exotics from state parks, built hiking trails, cared for animals, mucked stalls, and lots of other projects. I feel that this will serve them well as they move into adulthood. I also hope that they will continue to see the purpose in continuing to volunteer.
The motto of the day is “Make It A Day On, Not A Day Off”. Locally, the day has been coordinated by our local Camp Fire council. One of the neat features is that instead of just participating in the day of service our teens help plan and execute the day’s activities. One year we removed invasive exotic plants from an Audubon Center. Another year we planned a morning of cleaning, fun activities, and lunch with the elderly at an apartment complex for low income seniors. Last year while some adults and teens stayed at the Camp Fire house and made lunch or baked cookies for local fire fighters other teams went around to low income families and tested smoke detectors. They installed units or replaced batteries where needed. They also left information on fire safety. We even had a visit from with a fire engine and local fire fighters.
This year, perhaps even as you read this, our family will be joining Camp Fire and Lake Region Audubon to pool our energy to work on a number of different projects at Lake Region’s Street Audubon Center.
5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials
- Community Service – Monday, January 20
- Sense of Humor – Tuesday, January 21
- Willingness to Grow – Wednesday, January 22
- Know Which Battles to Fight – Thursday, January 23
- Awareness of Your Own Needs – Friday, January 24
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74. Karen @ Tots and Me
75. Beth @ Weavings
76. Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling
77. Karen @ My Harbor Lights – YOU ARE HERE!!!!
78. Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings
79. Kristi @ The Potter’s Hand Academy
80. Tara @ This Sweet Life
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