In Episode 7 of The Homeschool Highschool Podcast, we discuss Service on the Homeschool Transcript. This episode is running concurrently on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.
Join us for a discussion on the how’s and why’s of recording Service on the homeschool transcript.
Homeschool highschoolers need to show richness of experience and community minded-ness on their transcripts. Colleges love to see that your teens will be skilled in creating a good campus culture. Service is one way to show that important community/culture creating ability.
More importantly to us homeschooling families, is the fact that service is one of the best ways to develop Christlike-character traits of kindness, generosity and sacrifice.
Serving others is often a way for teens to get out of their academics and into other things. Academics is, of course, the most important part of homeschooling high school. If a teen is not educated in the way that is best for him or her, they cannot succeed in life (or earn a diploma, for that matter).
However, if academics is ALL that our homeschool high schoolers do, they will not learn to perspective-take and understand the needs of others. Teens are at a phase of life called adolescent ego centrism. This is not a bad thing but it needs to be a phase they move through and into an understanding of the things, people and places around them.
That’s why service is so important!