Five Weeks to Starting a Homeschool
Week 1: A Mission and Vision to Navigate the Homeschool Waters
“With vision there is no room to be frightened, no reason for intimidation…..Let’s be confident and positive!”
—Charles R Swindoll
Last month I was at blogging conference listening to workshop on Writing a Business Plan. I’m brand new to blogging and enrolled in this workshop to learn strategies to build my blog. Listening to the speaker talk about mission statements and vision statements I realized this fundamental piece was missing in my homeschool plans.
Businesses emerge and grow from these statements. Schools do not operate without a mission and vision—they are the core from which ideas on how subjects will be taught develop and prosper over time.
A homeschool evolves over time and I believe a mission statement and vision statement can truly help start and guide the decision making processes that occur throughout the years.
A mission statement, according to Wikipedia :
Should guide actions, spell out organization’s overall goal, provide a path, and guide decision making
A vision statement is more of long term goal or future outlook of your school. What are your aspirations and hopes for your children learning in homeschool environment?
Assignment for the week:
1. Take some time and think about :
-why you are homeschooling
-what is your philosophy or belief in how you want to teach your child
2. Write your mission and vision statement for your homeschool
Check the web for examples, one good site is www.missionstatements.com
Taking the time to write your statements will truly help keepyou focused when you are feeling overwhelmed with curriculum choices. You will also be overwhelmed meeting all kinds of parents with different ways of teaching and your mission statement will serve to remind you as to why you are doing what you are doing.
After some reflection of my beliefs and the direction of how I envision our homeschool, I came up with our mission statement:
Woodlands Montessori is a homeschool based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori and developmental/cognitive psychology. We strive to provide a prepared environment in the home, nature and community to ensure learning occurs as naturally and as fun as possible. We continue to instill the joy of lifelong learning, to pursue passions, to use our talents for good in the community, and to be ambassadors of peace in this world.
After writing this statement I felt empowered and my mind felt clearer as I was reminded why I have chosen to homeschool! I am going to put this in my planner and on my bulletin board to look at frequently!
One last thing to remember–your mission and vision statements are not set in stone. So have fun, dream big for your school and know that your mission and vision may change as your children grow!
Please feel free to add your mission statement below, it will be interesting to see the diversity of homeschools!