One of the most important things you can do for your homeschool is
define your vision and create a mission statement. A vision is simply a goal for your homeschool; it’s what you aspire to accomplish during these precious years you have with your children. It’s a picture of what your days should look like and a hope for the years to come.
Creating a mission statement based on your vision is what you need to make it all a reality. Here are three reasons why it’s so important for your homeschool.
A Mission Statement Gives You Direction
Creating a mission statement gives you something specific to work toward. It provides a baseline, a reference point to consider when making important decisions about your homeschool. It keeps you on track and helps you stay focused on what is truly important to you and your family. Having a mission statement means you know exactly where you are headed every step of the way.
Sometimes, we go into homeschooling as a means to run from something else. Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with a particular school or a particular teacher. Maybe you disagree with certain educational philosophies taught in the public school system, or maybe you’re afraid of the cultural shifts and want to protect your children from them.
If this is the case, then I want to encourage you to look a little deeper. Instead of running from something, let your homeschool be about running toward something. What is it that you hope to accomplish? What do you hope will be the result of the hours and days you get to spend with your children? Creating a mission statement that defines those objectives will help guide you toward your specific goals.
A Mission Statement Helps You Make Better Decisions
When you know where you are headed, it’s easier to make decisions that keep you focused on getting there. There are so many different homeschool options and styles from which to choose. It’s easy to get lost in the tumultuous waves of homeschool curricula and extra curricular activities and all the other opportunities that will come your way. Having a mission statement provides a filter for making those types of decisions and makes it that much easier to choose wisely.
Does the local co-op support your vision? All the added field trips? What about the books you selected for reading? Does the curriculum you selected help you create the days you pictured above? Or does it detract from it all? Creating a mission statement means you will only pick from the options that will help you better reach your goals.
A Mission Statement Keeps You Focused on What’s Most Important
Homeschooling is not for the faint-hearted and having a homeschool vision will pull you through when the going gets tough. Some days it can be outright overwhelming, and there may be times when you may consider other schooling options. Having a mission statement that clearly defines what you hoped to accomplish will help you better assess the situation from an objective standpoint rather than an emotional one. Remembering your purpose is key to pushing through the challenges and working toward the future.
Creating a Mission Statement
In order to create a mission statement, you’ll first want to begin by considering your vision. What are your reasons for homeschooling? What do you want your homeschool to look like? What do you want it to sound like? What do you want to accomplish when all is said and done? What kind of homeschool teacher do you want to be to your children? How will you know you have succeeded?
Considering questions such as these will help you better define your goals and will be key to creating a mission statement that is perfect for your family for the years to come.
If you’re ready to get started on yours, here’s a FREE Guide to Creating Your Homeschool Mission Statement.