There is so much to be learned outside of the "school walls".
The other day I was speaking with someone who found out I homeschool, so they understandably assumed that I'm at home. Just because I homeschool doesn't necessarily mean I have all my school at home.
My kids learn from most, if not all, situations both inside and outside the home.
Tonight our small group volunteered at a homeless shelter. Our family has been there before, but this was the first time our small group volunteered. We all took our kids to help.
While we were there, for under two hours, we went outside to a playground with the kids who live at the shelter and played with them while their parent/parents took classes or had a chance to just have some down time. One dad lives there with his 6 very young children. He had some time to himself while we watched the kids.
The shelter is for families with one or two parents who have kids. It provides classes necessary for the families to "get back on their feet."
The kids from our small group seemed to really bond with the kids from the shelter. Our kids found pleasure in doing this. We didn't do this for the "thanks." We did it because our God who loves us called us to.
God's concern: Is. 25:4. For You have been a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress.
God's command: Deut. 15:7. If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.