Several years ago I read the mission of another homeschool family that I admire, and I liked the idea of creating a mission. I don’t think it’s necessary if that’s not your thing, but for me, it helps me focus on what I want my children to learn. This is especially important since I’m not depending on a curriculum.
Our mission is fluid. Since I’m just starting out on this homeschooling journey, I’m not going to say this is what we’ll always do. I’m sure my sons’ interests will take us on many varied paths. But right now I need a compass to put me in the starting position.
So, almost two years ago, I began brainstorming about what was important to me to teach my children, and I came up with these lists. The first list is “the basics” and the second list is what I want to teach or emphasize. Many of these categories overlap, but I wrote them out as a reminder to myself.
Then I wrote the mission statement. Yes, it’s a bit wordy and lofty, but like I said, I wanted a compass to guide me as I began to facilitate my children’s education. Why not have a high ideal?
Now that my eldest son is five-years-old, I am finally referring to this list and statement as I plan our activities. I think it’ll help me focus my time and my blog, and maybe it’ll help some of you starting out too.
I begin with the categories of learning. *Note that according to Georgia Law I’m required to teach the following: reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The law does not go into further detail about what I have to teach.
Categories of Learning
- *Language Arts (including Writing & Handwriting)
- *Social Studies (includes History)
- International Education
- World Religions Education
- Spiritual Lessons/Life Missions – I have linked to my PBH page here because I think through this my sons will find their life’s work.
- Leadership/Good Citizenship
- Financial Literacy
- Foreign Language
Without further ado…
Our Mission Statement:
The purpose of our homeschool is to not only teach our children what they need to know to be accepted into an accredited college (if they choose to do so) but to also foster a love of learning and give them a foundation on which to build a fulfilling life of their own. We want to enable them to find what will make them prosper: spiritually, in their vocation, and for their livelihood. We want to create strong citizens who have knowledge of the world they live in and a respect for the earth they live on. We want to show them that learning is a life-long endeavor and that knowledge and experience are steppingstones to wisdom.
…Do you have a mission statement for your homeschool? Please share it with me.
In my next post, I’ll talk about our homeschool priorities for my sons’ current ages/levels: preschool and kindergarten. And I’ll explain how I plan to go about fulfilling our mission.