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's 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 mission statement for your homeschool.
Making our 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.
|...I can learn what I want? It is shorter? I can work at my own pace?|
|...more field trips? Study a certain subject? Be in four sports a year? Try a new co-op?|
|...it is outside? in the morning? relaxed and unscheduled? year long? with friends?|
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".)
|Our rough draft|
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 mission statement.
The boys were proud of the 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.