Written by Sharon Czerwien, Author and Homeschool Mom
Are your grandchildren homeschooled? God can use you to creatively influence and benefit their education whether they live nearby or far away.
Below you’ll find different ideas for how you can help!
Four Ideas for Local Grandchildren
1. Take a purposeful trip to the library.
A visit to your local library can be a great “field trip” for you and your grandchildren. Make it a point to check out the religious children’s section. Take the opportunity to share ways to know if the books are truly Biblical or not. Check out several good Bible-based books to bring home, and then look through them together (while eating a snack).
2. Volunteer where you can in their educational circles.
Are your grandchildren involved in a homeschool co-op? Volunteer to be a class helper or teacher to enjoy taking part in your grandchild’s weekly education. Do your grandchildren take supplemental classes/electives at a local homeschooling center? Volunteer to bring them to the center each week so your adult child can work with another child (or take a needed break!).
3. Model a volunteering opportunity with your grandchildren.
Do you have a special service project or local volunteering opportunity that you could do with your grandchildren? You could spend quality time together while teaching the importance of helping other organizations or groups of people. The best way to volunteer together is to help in some area that makes an eternal difference.
4. Teach them a new life skill.
No matter the grade that your grandchildren are in, they can benefit from learning skills from you. If you sew, enjoy carpentry, or play an instrument, you could teach it to your grandchildren. It will be special for your grandchildren to learn from a different generational perspective.
Four Ideas for Long-Distance Grandchildren
1. Teach a baking or cooking lesson.
Yes, this can be done long-distance! With your adult child, set up a video conference session (Zoom, FaceTime, etc) and have the necessary ingredients on hand. You can then go step-by-step and teach your grandchildren how to cook French toast, for example. It will be a memory in the making!
2. Be a listening ear and a watchful eye for their school projects.
As your grandchildren complete a school project, let them explain it to you. They can tell you about their recent science projects, or they can share about the first chapter book they finished. Without even realizing it, they have officially practiced an oral presentation.
3. Send educational goodies if possible.
This idea does not have to get expensive or complicated. If possible, look for well-priced educational goodies to mail to your grandchildren. This may look like a cute pastel pack of highlighters or pencils, or it may be a fun chapter or picture book you found at a local book sale.
4. Look for ways to support their personal endeavors and show you care.
Are your grandchildren going to be in a special program at church? You may be able to watch them perform via livestream and tell them afterward what a blessing it was. Do your young grandchildren like dot-to-dot activity sheets? Do your middle-grade grandchildren enjoy word searches? Email different activity sheets to your adult child to be printed on your behalf!
The sky is the limit when it comes to helping your grandchildren’s education. The best part is that you can truly be part of their schooling whether you currently live near or far.
The key is to have open communication with your adult children about where and how you can best help. Find out what your grandchildren are learning and the specific areas they are involved. Then you can jump on board and offer a supportive hand in your own special ways.
Your grandchildren will always remember this vital role you played in their education and the spiritual impact you had. Have fun and enjoy the process!
Sharon Czerwien and her husband have two children, a boy and a girl. Teaching is one of her favorite things to do! She homeschools her children, works in her church’s children’s ministry, and enjoys teaching children biblical truth. Sharon also enjoys working in ladies’ ministry and has taught at several ladies’ retreats.
Her blog is designed to encourage Christians, as its emphasis is on God’s goodness in life, no matter how bumpy it gets! Find it at bumpsareokay.com. Sharon has also published a book (with a physical therapist) about this very topic! It is called Core: Biblical Principles for When Life Gets Bumpy. A children’s version was adapted and released using monster trucks, called Bumps Are Okay for KIDS and Other Biblical Lessons Learned from Monster Trucks.