Do you know and love a homeschool family? You may have great insight into homeschooling and know just what they need. But there are many people who are just unfamiliar with the unique needs of homeschool families.
I’ve listed below 10 practical ways to bless a homeschool family. Some suggestions have a monetary cost and others do not. If you know a homeschooling family that you would like to bless, pick something from the list below and offer it for their family. Let them know you love them and want to do something to help support their homeschooling lifestyle.
10 Practical Ways to Bless a Homeschool Family
1 – Give mom and dad a date night
There are so many ways you could do this. You could watch the kids while mom and dad go on a date night. You could go another route and pay for a sitter and/or dinner for mom and dad. Homeschool families are together all the time. But moms and dads need regular time alone together to have a healthy marriage.
2 – Provide a meal
Providing a meal for a homeschool family can be a blessing in several ways. Homeschool families are most often single income families, so providing a meal can help financially. It can also help give mom a break from preparing meals all day long and give some variety to their meal schedule. Just check for any food restrictions ahead of time.
3 – Gift cards for books and other homeschool supplies
Homeschool families provide their own books and educational supplies. A very practical way to help a homeschool family is to offer to help financially with any books or supplies they need. Amazon Gift Cards (affiliate link) are useful for obtaining a variety of items needed by homeschool families from books to science supplies.
4 – Pay for field trips
Field trips are a wonderful way that many homeschoolers enrich the education of their families. But there is often a cost to field trips. You could offer to pay for an upcoming field trip if you have the means. This is also a neat idea for a birthday gift for an experience instead of stuff!
5 – Provide funds to go towards fees for homeschool co-op
Homeschool co-ops charge fees for the operation of the co-op as well as specific class fees. These fees vary based on a number of factors. Check with the family to see if this is something you could help with. Note that the fees may increase with the number of children, so the larger the family, the higher the cost. If you can help with a portion of the cost, the family will be blessed.
6 – Offer to spend learning time with kids
This doesn’t have to cost you anything but time.
- Offer to spend time teaching the kids something that you love to do: cooking, music lessons, sewing, mechanics, farming, gardening, computer programming, website design, knitting, photography, etc. You know what you are good at and/or like to spend time doing. Light a fire in them for something you are passionate about!
- Offer a recurring time slot that you are available to help with school assignments, spend time reading aloud, helping with crafts, etc. You could offer to be available every week at a certain time that the homeschool parents can count on to help with whatever needs/activities/assignments they have that week.
7 – Offer to give mom a break for an afternoon
Let’s just be real here. Homeschool moms are with their children all the time. And this is a blessing! But it can be so helpful to have an afternoon free for any number of reasons: catch up on housework, run errands, go shopping, take a nap, or just chill out! Offer to take the kids to the park, to the library, or to your house for some learning fun (see #6). Use your imagination!
8 – Plan a play date with the kids
If you are a homeschool family, a great way to help another homeschool family (often without any cost) is to plan a play-date. Or perhaps you don’t homeschool, but know a family who has recently started homeschooling. Let them know you still want to hang out by planning a fun play-date.
9 – Help shuffle children to and from activities (sports, church, homeschool co-op, music or dance lessons, etc.)
This is particularly helpful for families with multiple children. Various activities can create a busy schedule for homeschoolers. Any help you can give in getting kids to and from their activities can be extremely helpful for some families.
10 – Prayer & Encouragement
This is the most simple, most powerful way to help a homeschool family. Make praying for the homeschool family in your life a priority. They are following a path less traveled. Encourage them with your words, your actions, and your prayers. May the above list of 10 practical ways to bless a homeschool family help you find a way to bless a homeschooling family in your life. And in return, may you be blessed…
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. -Hebrews 13:16
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