Homeschooling moms, do your school plans include some activities for your children that will build their character?
When our kids were younger, we wanted them to learn to think of others, have compassion, do things to be a blessing to others, and also learn to perform and speak without fear. Part of our daily “school” time was spent in working on Scripture memory, learning songs, and working on little plays. We would then use what they had been practicing and learning, to be a blessing and encouragement to others.
One of my favorite activities to accomplish all these things, was our ministry at nursing homes. One of my good friends, who was also homeschooling her kids, joined me in planning and preparing a program that the kids could perform. Some of the things that we had them do at these programs were:
- Quote a passage of Scripture
- Perform a play, that included songs and acting
- Present a package of Patriotic songs, and poems
- Sing solos, or a song as a family
- Recite a narrative
- Sing Hymns, and encourage the residents to sing along
Most of the nursing homes would give us about 20 – 30 minutes for our program, and would bring all the residents into a room where there was a piano, and a microphone. After we finished the program, the kids would then walk around and talk to the residents, and give them something they had made them. (Usually a book mark they had colored, that had a Bible verse on it).
The residents LOVED watching the kids perform, and always enjoyed talking with them afterwards. It made the kids feel so good to be able to talk to some of the folks who were lonely, and see how happy it made them that someone took time for them.
Another thing that we did as a family, was visit the widows in the church. We would make some kind of dessert for them, the kids would color pictures that had a Bible verse on it, and we would stop by their house for a short visit. Usually we would have the kids quote a passage of Scripture for them, and then sing a couple of songs. After that we would just chat for a little bit.
I can’t tell you how much this meant to these dear ladies, who had lost their husbands. They were lonely, and some were still grieving, and it meant so much to them that as a family we took the time to come over and show them that we cared.
Valentines Day was another fun time for us. We wanted to teach our kids to think of others, and show them love on that day. We would make cupcakes, and decorate them with hearts, then go visit people who we wanted to show our love to. (This included our Pastor & his wife, other people who had encouraged our family, and some of our relatives)
My favorite memory from this activity was the year we did this during a snow storm. It was snowing pretty heavily, so we decided to “carol” at their door. We knocked on the door, then began singing “Dashing through the snow” on Valentines Day. Everyone loved that!
We also took our kids Christmas caroling in December. For this we chose older couples in the church, who would enjoy being visited, as well as church staff that we wanted to show our love to. We baked lots of Christmas goodies, and put trays together to give at each house. After knocking on their door, we’d begin singing a Christmas carol. Usually after a song or two, they’d invite us in, and we’d visit for a short while before going on to the next home. The kids thought it was SO fun to go and sing for people, and give them some goodies that THEY had helped to make or decorate.
Some of our favorite family memories go back to those times when we worked together to be a blessing to others!
What are some ways that you teach and encourage your kids to be a blessing to others?