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I’d heard it a million times since we started this journey back in 2007: You need a homeschool mission statement.
Yeah, whatever. said I. We know what we’re doing and we know why we’re doing it. We’re fine.
And most the time we are fine. But things change and life changes and school changes and doubt creeps in and there are a thousand reasons you might start questioning your decision to teach your kids at home. Or you might start speeding full blast down a homeschooling path that totally goes against why you decided to homeschool in the first place.
(These things may or may not have happened here.)
So yeah. You need a homeschool mission statement.
Making our homeschool mission statement became a family activity.
Each day I put out a slip of paper with a question on it. The purpose of the questions was to get my kids thinking in different ways about what they wanted from their homeschooling journey.
Do you like homeschooling because it’s flexible? You get to sleep in late? You can work faster? Slower? You can study what you want?
Do you want more field trips? To study a certain subject? Be in four sports a year? Try a new co-op?
Is homeschooling best when it’s outside? Takes place in the morning? Is relaxed and unscheduled? Follows a routine? Goes year round? Happens with friends?
Everyone was encouraged to answer all the questions as many times as they wanted and fill up our bucket with ideas that would then be taken and plugged into our homeschool mission statement.
By the end of the week we had quite a few papers filled out!
We sat down together and went through the bucket reading everyone’s answers and writing them on our big dry erase board.
Common themes ran through some answers, but a few surprises came out as well. It was a learning experience for everyone involved. From this giant list on our board we came up with the Clucky Dickens Farm Homeschool Mission Statement.
The boys had a blast putting it in to “fancy language”.
If you can’t read it in the picture: Clucky Dickens Farm Homeschool exists to provide an educational experience that is both fun and family oriented. While we realize we must master basic skills (which include but are not limited to “the three Rs”) we seek to spend a considerable amount of time on topics that excite us as individuals. We value learning at our own pace and in our own way, as well as a flexible calendar which allows for harvest, hunting, and other activities.
We also wrote down our goals on a separate sheet of paper because most of them were “time-specific” and we decided they didn’t belong in our long term homeschool mission statement.
The boys were proud of the homeschool mission statement project and told me we need to make it into a nice poster and put it up on the wall so we can refer to it on those “hard days we forget why we are doing what we are doing”.
Well said, kids. Well said.
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8 thoughts on “Homeschool Mission Statement: Family Activity”
I love this idea! We will try it, I also wondering at times with homeschooling am I doing ok or should I be doing more or less? I hate it when doubts creep in…..Have a great day! 🙂
I love your mission statement, but I especially love the process you went through to get there. I'm going to try something similar! Thanks!
What a great mission statement! And I love the process you used to create it.
I would also like to thank you again for the email you sent me last year with the sites. I used them for first grade and it worked great! You helped me get our first year of homeschooling off on the right track!
Thank you for the wonderful idea! I am going to start using it tomorrow. Tonight I will make the slips of paper and get out a big bowl for them to go into. My kids will enjoy this, and it will help us all understand what we are doing and why. We've been at this for the past 2 years, and I haven't really made a mission statement. But I think I need one as a starting place before we can actually list our realistic goals. I suspect that having a mission statement before we set the goals, and that making sure I am setting goals with the kids' help, will make it much easier to achieve those goals.
I love this mission statement. We have a homeschool motto but now I am thinking we need a mission statement too…Thanks for the food for thought.
You’re welcome – thanks for reading. 🙂
I resist the idea of a homeschool mission statement, but this is totally doable!
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