One of the most important foundational decisions you will make for your homeschool is developing a mission statement. A homeschool mission statement is a tool that can be used to stay focused on the ultimate goal and core values of your homeschool. It will guide your decisions about curriculum, teaching methods, grading systems, and more. This blog post will walk you through creating a mission statement for your homeschool with just a few steps that will help keep you on track!
What is a mission statement, and why you need one
A Homeschool Mission Statement is the cornerstone of a successful homeschooling experience. It’s what keeps you motivated when things get tough and helps you stay focused on your goals, knowing that all other decisions will fall into place accordingly. You can refer back to it whenever life becomes chaotic or demanding because, with this foundation set in place, everything else should flow smoothly!
How to create an inspirational mission statement
I see a mission statement as the “why,” so I jot down all the reasons why we homeschool and then pick the three most important ones. Ideally, you want to do this with your partner and kids for that buy-in aspect.
- Start by brainstorming why you want to homeschool your children. Next, ask yourself what you want your children to know about themselves and how you will prepare them for their future. Then think about what you care about; what values matter most to you as a parent? Write everything down that comes to mind, no matter how small it may seem.
- Take some time to mull over your why and highlight the ten most important factors with your partner and children.
- Next, narrow down your list to 3-4 reasons that resonate with you and your family as to why you homeschool.
- Finally, rewrite these reasons into a brief sentence, paragraph, or bullet point to form your mission statement. Be sure that it is something you can live up to and feel good about as a parent, teacher, and leader of your children.
Sample Home School Mission Statements
Our homeschool mission is to foster in our children a life-long love of learning and to raise critical thinkers in a safe environment where they can develop grit, establish good habits, pursue their interests, and refine their life skills.
Our homeschool mission is to raise critical thinkers who ask questions and listen (even if they disagree) to understand our world better. We want to foster a life-long love of learning in our children. We will create a safe environment where they can develop grit and character, establish good habits, pursue their interests, and refine their life skills.
Our Homeschool mission is
- To raise critical thinkers who ask questions and listen (even if they don’t agree) to better understand our world.
- To foster a life-long love of learning in our children.
- To create a safe environment for our kids to develop grit and character, establish good habits, pursue their interests, and refine their life skills.
You now have a mission statement for your homeschool! I recommend framing it and hanging it somewhere that you can refer back to throughout your homeschool journey. Remember, this is just the beginning. The next step will be creating a homeschool vision based on your mission. I hope I’ve helped you get started on developing an intentional home education experience tailored to meet your family’s needs.
Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with along these lines!
Xuan Klevecka is a Southern California-based homeschool mom, wife, and sometimes purveyor of vintage goods. She’s an Enneagram 5w7, a lover of good food, and a former middle school history teacher. You’ll either find her looking at road maps and daydreaming about her family’s next epic adventure or perusing recipes and cooking up a feast for the brood.