Understanding the purpose of your homeschool is something I find very important. Having a a purpose (or mission) statement helps you clearly remember why you have chosen to homeschool. (Yes, even on those days that YOU are the one asking WHY?!)
How often have you met someone and shared that you homeschool and you are faced with that judgemental,
We’ve all been there.
But what does this have to do with my family’s homeschool mission statement, Suzanne?
Because if you have a clear vision of what your homeschool is all about, it is easier to explain it to that “judgemental Janet” when you hear that “ooohhh…”
Have you seen the sign, “Our Mission….” when you’ve visited a business or school? You know immediately what the focus of that organization is. By having this in your homeschool you don’t ever need to question why you have made this choice. It’s the summary of the aims and values of your homeschool, its core purpose.
By having a clear mission statement, you are fully aware of the goals of your homeschool and what you will define as success. Obviously, this is going to take some thought.
Here are a few questions to get you started:
- Why did you begin homeschooling?
- What is your endgame (what do you expect your child to get out of homeschool)?
- Why do your children enjoy being homeschooled?
- What are your goals for each school year?
- What are the values of your family and what values do you want to instill in your children?
- What characteristics do you wanto see strengthened in your child?
- What are the roles of each family member in your homeschool?
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. Every homeschool family has unique dynamics that set it apart from others. Once you know the answers to at least some of these questions you are able to focus on the reason you have decided that homeschooling your children is for your family. (It’s also a great way to understand HOW you are homechooling and making sure that you are following YOUR right path.)
This process is a great way to spend time as a family and get conversation started. We used our family dinner times to first come up with our mission statement, and when Bug graduated she was able see whether or not her homeschool education met the criteria of our mission statement.
It was then that we knew I had been “Teaching 4 Things” to my children.
At the core of our homeschool, I wanted my children to know Responsibility, Determination, Curiosity, and Faith. You can read about my 4 things on my Home page.
Once you and your family have decided on your mission statement, you can write it up and put it in a place where you are table o see it and have it remind you of the goals you have set out for yourselves.
Plus, imagine the new face that judgemental Janet gets when you are able to tell her your mission statement in response to why you are homschooling your children!
Do you already have a Mission/Purpose Statement for your homeschool?
How do you usually answer the “Why Do You Homeschool” question?
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