As homeschoolers in the 21st century, we have a unique opportunity. An opening to not only educate our own children, but to use that education as an outreach to others.
I don’t think this concept became fully actualized to me until I was literally stopped in a store and commended for my wonderful children. (Seriously, me?) This woman went on and on about how well-behaved they were and how she was impressed with their demeanor. “You must be doing something right!” was her final comment.
Since then, I have been stopped on several occasions (both for good and bad reasons). It never ceases to amaze how much of an impact just living can be, without words ever leaving our mouths. Each time we have had the opportunity to speak with someone, it furthers the outreach of homeschooling.
Knowing this is often the case and wanting to present a wholesome view of homeschooling, the kiddos and I usually have a mantra we repeat on every outing.
Mom – “Who do we represent?”
Kids – “Christ!”
Mom – “What do we represent?”
Kids – “Homeschooling!”
Mom – “So….”
Kids – “No fighting, fussing, or anything else too crazy!”
Mom – “Thank you!”
(laughing) While this isn’t fool-proof and I would expect my children to be good all the time, it is a helpful reminder to all of us that we are constantly being watched and should be mindful of this.
There are so many ways and places our homeschooling can be an outreach to the world. My hope is that we take every opportunity share the heart of homeschooling. I would also hope we continue to fight for those who have yet to obtain that right themselves.
How does your family use homeschooling as an outreach?