Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Balancing Academics with Work & Service

Balancing Academics with Work & Service

By The Hewitt Staff

Work needs to be part and parcel of your child’s education.  If you balance academic studies with work, your child will grow up to be a more mature, responsible Christian, spouse, parent, and citizen than if she spends the majority of her time tied to a desk. 

Work education lays the foundation for important character traits in both the academic and work worlds.  Neatness, orderliness, industriousness, dependability, thorough work habits, sequencing, finishing a task, reasoning from cause to effect, and creativity are a few of the important concepts that can be learned. 

Balancing Academics with Work & Service

Students can learn practical application of language skills and practice good communication (oral and written);  they can apply math skills while doing business on a small scale in a home business or cottage industry.  You and your family can use your talents, skills, or hobbies to make a successful business.

By making a profit, students learn money management, another important skill that is best taught by a practical method.  This includes banking, saving, spending wisely, giving, budgeting, and much more.

Another benefit of operating a part-time home business is that most parents who homeschool have only one income and are therefore limited in financial resources.  When children and parents work together to supplement that income they are able to purchase enrichment books and educational equipment that would otherwise be too much of a strain on the family budget.  When students contribute to the family resources, they feel a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, and self-worth.

Take a look at our list of cottage industries that your family may want to start.

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Service projects are important not only as a means to bless others but also to teach your children valuable character traits of unselfishness, thoughtfulness, compassion, empathy, consideration, and responsibility for using their own God-given talents and abilities.  Families that work together in service create a strong bond and united purpose.  Parents should be role models in developing consistent service and devotion to helping others.

Balancing Academics with Work & ServiceSchedule service activities so that you will be organized and consistent in following through on your good intentions.  Depending on your chosen project, schedule it daily, weekly, or monthly.  In addition, teach your children to develop an awareness for opportunities to perform random acts of kindness and service.  By teaching your children to be “God’s Spies”—to Stop, Look, and Listen for needs that your family or church can meet—you will be preparing them to be the good Samaritans of their generation.  The following are suggestions you could adapt for your own situation: a list of service opportunities.

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