When families make the commitment to homeschool, one thing that is often overlooked is creating a homeschool mission statement. However, I highly recommend that everyone who homeschools take the time to develop this important document.
What’s the purpose of a homeschool mission statement?
I can’t speak for everyone, but I think that it can be a great tool for helping you to focus on your overarching homeschool goals and plan out exactly how you plan to accomplish them. It is a great tool to have on hand when putting together your homeschool curriculum.
Having a homeschool mission statement in mind can also help you to stay motivated and on track, even when things get challenging and you are wondering if it is worth it to keep pushing forward. Another great benefit is that having a clear purpose and specific goals can make it that much easier for you to say ‘no’ to things that do not align with the path you are on.
That way, you can avoid wasting time (and money) on things that don’t really serve your family.
So how do I do create a homeschool mission statement?
First of all, I highly recommend that you avoid the temptation to just keep it all in your head. Make it tangible by writing it all down. I also think that it is a great idea to get the whole family involved – after all, it affects them as well.
Not everyone’s homeschool mission statement will be the same, but here are some great questions you can ask and answer in order to draft a document that really clarifies your goals and plans for your homeschool journey.
1. Why is homeschooling the best option for our family?
This would be a great time to really think long and hard about all of the reasons that you and your partner decided that homeschool was the best alternative to public or private school for your children. In addition to writing down your reasons, you should also take time to ask your children what it is about being homeschooled that they enjoy.
2. Which core values do our family adhere to?
This is where you talk about the type of people you hope to be and raise during your homeschool journey. It can be a great starting point when it comes to developing your character education curriculum.
3. What are some of the desired results of being an educated individual?
This can be a great conversation to have with your kids – especially if they are not really all that excited about school in general. You can talk about how a well-rounded education prepares you for navigating the real world, getting into college, qualifying for jobs, and even just being an interesting person with valuable life experiences. You may find it interesting to hear what the different members of your family think about the topic of being educated.
4. What are your family’s goals?
This will be a collaborative effort. What, exactly, do you hope to achieve as a homeschool family?
5. What are your individual goals?
Let each family member discuss what their personal homeschool goals include. This is a great section to include because it allows everyone in the family the opportunity to really share what they want to work towards. It also helps you to understand what you can do to support each of your children in their goals.
6. What will life after homeschool look like?
This would be a great exercise for thinking about the future. Imagine that each of your children has graduated from homeschool. What do you envision their lives to be like? How are they contributing to society? What skills do they possess? Are they able to confidently and independently navigate the world? Ask your children the same questions. This can be a great way to really think about what your homeschool curriculum should include.
As you can imagine, the process of creating a homeschool mission statement can be very helpful for everyone involved. By working through these questions, you can gain a deeper sense of clarity about what your family’s homeschool journey will entail. It can also help everyone in your family to be on the same page and work together as a unit.
Does your family have a homeschool mission statement?