Part 4: Contribution To Community And Socialization

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5. Have you found time to contribute to your community or the greater good? If so, what are you doing?

Time?  Nope.  My kids, however, have time to volunteer at our local botanical garden – Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden.  Not only do they assist at the Garden, but they also help maintain local trails and parks.  Volunteering is a great way for homeschoolers to meet like-minded peers and offers extra educational opportunities, such as learning about local flora and fauna and how to sustain a vegetable garden.  They also learn the value of working together and improving their community.

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What about socialization?  That’s always the big question regarding homeschooling.  You do have to be proactive because it is easy to become absorbed in your daily lessons and forget about your kids’ need for peer interaction.

Like I mentioned earlier, volunteering is a great way for kids to meet peers while contributing to their community.  There are also homeschooling groups for all ages that meet daily, weekly, and/ or monthly for P.E. and team sports, park days, art classes, music lessons, baseball games or theatre shows, movies, field trips, tutoring, and anything else you could think of.  Some activities are free and others are usually discounted.

Local zoos, science centers, arts centers, and botanical gardens may also offer activities, sometimes specifically for homeschoolers.  My oldest daughter takes Teen Pottery Wheel lessons at our local arts center.

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