I love the idea of everything starting new with a clean slate. This year, just like last year, I have created a mission statement and also using purposeful words to guide my homeschool. What’s the difference?
For me, the mission statement of my homeschool is like my business plan. We all know that a business has a better chance of success if it has a plan…a road map of what its intention is and how to achieve it. My homeschool is no different. I don’t want to be drifting. I want a clear goal of what I am trying to accomplish. Some people create very wordy, professional sounding mission statements, while others are simple. The most important thing is the mission statement is something you believe in; your goal and hope for your homeschool. Eloquence is not near as important as intention.
This is mission statement for this new homeschool year: In my homeschool this year, I will strive to instill a lifelong love of learning in my children. I will emphasize character with academics and strive to ignite in my children an every growing curiosity about the world around them, including teaching them about our natural world, and living in more natural ways. I will focus on encouragement as my motivator in order to build up my children’s self esteem and confidence, remembering always I am their mother first; their teacher second. I will try my best to proactively focus on the positives each day so that they receive a daily example in their lives of gratitude and contentment.
For reasons I don’t know, mine is way more wordier than it was last year. Yours might be just 2 sentences. There is no write or wrong. You can find more samples of homeschool mission statements here and some free printables to help you organize your thoughts in writing one here.
Purposeful words are different, and I will be honest, I use them a whole lot more than mission statements. While a mission statement is a statement that applies to your homeschool as a whole and not to individuals, purposeful words can be used for both as they can also be chosen for each homeschool family member specifically. In a general sense, purposeful words are a great “bullet point” way to keep your eye on what you really want to focus on or instill in your homeschool and in your individual homeschooler. I’m rather quiet in real life and not to wordy, so I really like using purposeful words in this way. It resonates with me more than an actual mission statement. In an individual sense, purposeful words might be a character trait or skill you really want your child to achieve or focus on in the new year; or maybe as in my Charlotte’s case, it is something I want to instill in her and her to achieve over the course of the year.
and for me: Gratitude
Click here for a list of 49 character traits of children that you might choose from.