Do You Have a Vision Statement for Your Homeschool?

Life is a series of decisions- what to wear today, what to eat for breakfast, whether to start the laundry before I eat or after, what time to start schoolwork with the kids, how to deal with an obstinate child. Many of our decisions are made on autopilot. We aren’t even thinking because we’ve made that decision or similar decisions so many times. Other times our decisions are just reactions to what happened. We aren’t really thinking of a reason to make that decisions. We’re reacting to the situation. This can often be the case when deal with behavior problems. A child begins whining in the grocery store, and we react with threats or punishment. We haven’t really thought about why we made that decision. We just reacted.

If we aren’t careful, our homeschool decisions can be ones we put on autopilot or situations in which we react rather than act based on a plan or goal. To prevent this from happening and to help us make deliberate, focused decisions about our homeschooling, we need to have a vision statement.

Developing a homeschool vision statement

Why we need a vision statement…

Years ago when the first pioneer parents began keeping their kids home to homeschool them, their choices were very limited. There were no homeschool curriculum companies or co-ops or support groups or extracurricular classes. I have a friend who was homeschooled as a child who tells about just going to the library to get books to use and having to stay inside the house during all school hours so the neighbors wouldn’t know they weren’t in school and ask questions.

Now, homeschoolers are constantly bombarded with choices. We have a plethora of curriculum. We have co-ops for academic classes or for social interaction. We have extracurricular classes. And sometimes it is so hard to choose.

So we end up making decisions for the wrong reasons. We choose a curriculum because it’s a favorite of a friend of ours. We sign our kids up for the fine arts co-op because we want to impress other people with their artistic bent. We buy a Latin curriculum because, after all, all homeschoolers are taking Latin. We stress and worry that we aren’t making the right decisions, and sometimes we just make a decision on the spur of the moment because we feel pushed into it,

We need something to guide our decisions, something we can focus on that will help us to make the right decisions. We need a vision statement. When we have a clear vision of where we’re going and where we want to end up we can make better decisions about how to get there.

Why we need a homeschool vision statement

Elements of a good vision statement…

So what should your vision statement include? You want to have a statement that is a broad, big-picture statement but that can be specific enough to guide your day to day decision making.

1. The Big Picture

Why are you homeschooling? Did you and your spouse decide you would homeschool before you even had children? Or did something happen with them or with their time in traditional school that caused you to make the decision? Are you homeschooling to pass on your faith? Do you have a child with special needs that you decided to homeschool? Knowing the why behind your decision to homeschool can guide the choices you make about homeschooling.

We homeschool because we believe it is a path that God has led us on. We decided to homeschool before we ever had children because we felt that was an excellent way to parent our children and to equip them with a strong Christian worldview and the wisdom to make Christ-like decisions. This big picture reason has guided choices about curriculum, about the homeschool groups we choose to be a part of, about extracurricular activities, and more.

2. At the end of the road…

What is your goal for your children in homeschooling? Although some goals should be small and measurable, I’m talking about a big, general, overarching goal. What do you hope that homeschooling will accomplish in the lives of your children? Do you want them to go to college? Do you want to prepare them for the workforce? Do you want to make sure they get a high school diploma? Do you want them to be able to work in a high paying job? Do you want to produce missionaries or pastors?

Our goal in homeschooling is to prepare our children to want to serve God in whatever way He leads.  Whether this means they go to college, prepare for a career, or head to the mission field, if they have a desire to love and serve God, I’ll consider our homeschooling successful. This goal has guided choices we make. I haven’t always chosen the most rigorous, college-prep classes for every child because my goal is to equip each one to use the talents he or she has in service to God- not to ensure that every child goes to college.

3. How we’re getting there…

The last part of your vision statement should include a few details about what you’re doing in your homeschool to work toward those things that you ultimately desire for your children. This doesn’t have to be a step by step breakdown of detailed plans for twelve years of each child’s schooling. Rather, think of a few general things that you are doing to reflect your purpose in homeschooling and your goals for your children.

Because of our big picture reason for homeschool and in order to meet the goal we have that our children have a desire to love and serve God, one decision we’ve made is to always look for homeschool curriculum that teaches from a Christian worldview. We have chosen to equip our high school students with a high school diploma that would allow them to go to college, although we view college as just one option for what happens after high school. This part of our vision statement is to help us make connections between our purpose and goals and some of the general methods we’re using to homeschool.

Does having a vision statement for your homeschool mean you’ll never again make rash decisions about homeschooling choices? Probably not. But if you focus yourself with a vision statement, you will be more likely to act in a deliberate manner, and the decisions you make about curriculum, classes, co-ops, and more will reflect the reason why you homeschool and the goals you have for your kids along the way.

You can use this FREE printable vision statement guide to help you craft your own vision statement for your homeschool. I suggest sitting down with your spouse and talking through each point. It’s good to come back to this every few years because sometimes things change as out kids get older and as God leads us in different ways.

Homeschool vision statement

Do you have a vision statement for your homeschool?

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