What’s a homeschool mission? Is that any different from a homeschool vision? Why would I need these for my school? It’s just us…doing school…why would we need anything other than curriculum?
Have you been asking these questions? I know I did when we first started homeschooling! After living in the homeschool world for eight years, I have some answers for you.
Your Homeschool Mission Statement
A Homeschool Mission Statement is simply a concise way of writing down the why behind what you are doing, or are planning to do, every day in your classroom. Writing down your mission statement for your homeschool is the most important step you will ever take as a homeschool parent!
Well, your Homeschool Mission Statement becomes the foundation the rest of your homeschool is built upon. When you have your why written down and posted where you can refer to it, it keeps you on track. You have a reason to get up, go through the routine, and focus on your school time with your kids. You have a target to work towards. When you are focused on your mission, you’re not going to fail at homeschooling. You will be able to pare down the multitude of options into what is necessary to complete your mission.
How do you create your mission? It’s pretty straightforward, and simply contains your top few reasons to homeschool along with where you want your family to be once you finish schooling your children.
5 Steps to writing your family’s Homeschool Mission Statement:
1. On a sheet of paper, write down every reason you are homeschooling that you can think of. Think through where you want your homeschool to go, what you want your children to be capable of by the time you’re done, etc. Write it all down.
2. Go through your list and highlight the top 3-4 reasons your family is homeschooling. If you are married, work with your spouse on this step.
3. Discuss the reasons with your children(if they are old enough), and all agree on your family’s most important homeschooling reasons.
4. Take your top reasons and write a 3 to 4 sentence paragraph including them. You could also write a bullet point list that takes your top reasons and states them in the form of an action. See examples below.
5. Type up your mission statement and post it. Post it in your schoolroom, post it in your kitchen, post it where ever you may need a quick, visual reset.
Mission Statement Examples:
The Mission of the Jones Family School is to create lifelong learners who see the world through the eyes of Christ. The students of our school will graduate knowing they are smart, valuable, capable individuals who can work within their gifts to complete the calling God has placed on their lives.
Bullet Point Form:
The Twain Family Homeschool Mission:
1. To raise children who understand their worth as members of our family and the community.
2. To raise children in an environment that fosters learning at every opportunity.
3. To graduate driven individuals who are capable of conquering any challenge that comes their way.
If your Homeschool Mission is your WHY, your Homeschool Vision is your HOW. Click here to learn more about creating your Homeschool Vision.
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