Welcome to my series, The Homeschool C.U.R.E.
As promised, I’ll be giving an in-depth discussion on how to make The Homeschool C.U.R.E. applicable to your homeschool journey. If you missed last week’s post, read it here.
What is the Homeschool C.U.R.E.?
The Homeschool C.U.R.E is designed to help eradicate feelings of incompetence and help you start becoming a mastermind of your homeschool today. It’s more than just an acronym, it’s a surefire way to help you stay focused on your own journey and homeschool with purpose. Here’s a breakdown of the acronym:
Construct a clear and concise vision and mission that aligns with your core values.
Unveil your child’s inner genius and allow it to drive your unique journey.
Remember self-care is giving your family the best of you, not what’s left of you.
Embrace failure as a teaching moment and an opportunity to succeed later.
Download a free copy of The Homeschool C.U.R.E., here. Print it, laminate it, and hang it in your home, office, or school room for daily inspiration.
Today, I want to talk about the first component of The Homeschool C.U.R.E. That is:
Constructing a clear and concise vision and mission that aligns with your core values.
Unfortunately, not many homeschoolers have taken the time to write out their homeschool vision. A solid vision means setting goals and homeschooling with purpose. Lack of vision can lead to frustration, anxiety, and feelings of inadequacy.
In this post, I will share a little backstory on our homeschool vision, make my case for why a vision is important, help you define your unique homeschool vision, and offer the tools to get your vision down in written form. So stay tuned for three easy steps to write your homeschool vision and grab my FREE Homeschool Vision Formula cheat sheet to get started!
(Note: Stay tuned for next week, I’ll be discussing constructing a mission statement to align with your vision.)
A Little Back Story.
Our homeschool journey started with a basic vision. My husband and I wanted our children to love learning and we wanted to offer them a healthy environment to nurture that love. For this reason, my goal as their primary teacher was to make learning fun and organic. We played educational games, went on fun field trips, did cool science experiments and read beautiful picture books.
Our vision served us well, but as the years progressed, we started learning so much more about our children. The more we observed them, the more we recognized the need to be more intentional about nurturing and developing them in their entirety—beyond their academic skills. So, we gave our vision a facelift to include whole child education. That is, fostering a child’s cognitive, physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and creative intelligence to help them achieve long-term success in all areas of life. You see, we wanted learning to be fun, but we also wanted our boys to be confident and have a strong sense of self.
I shared this backstory to highlight that a vision does not have to be set in stone. You may revisit and revise your vision as much as you need to. However, because the first draft of your vision should take an immense amount of time, thought, and care, the need for changes should be very minimal—a minor facelift, if you will. The great thing about vision facelifts is the more accurate, clear, and concise they become, the better your homeschool operates.
Why Do You Need Vision?
I believe every family should have a vision before they attempt homeschooling. After all, you’d never get into a car and drive to your destination with your eyes closed, would you? Could you imagine the chaos you’d cause if you drove a car without vision? Driving a car poses enough potential risks by itself, but we can all agree that driving with vision minimizes the risk of accidents and fatalities. It ensures you know exactly where you are, where you’re going, and improves your chances of reaching said destination.
Now think about your homeschool. A homeschool with a good vision makes an already challenging journey feel less daunting. With a solid vision, you can choose the right curriculum, methods, and strategies that are unique to your family and align with your core values. Even more? Having a vision for your homeschool keeps you focused on achieving your goals, reducing the temptation to compare your homeschool journey to others. Essentially, your vision is what you stand on. It will heighten your self-confidence and serve as the foundation for everything you do in your homeschool, so you want to make it yours!
Defining Your Vision.
So, what is a vision, anyway?
I like the way leadership expert, Jessie Lyn Stoner, defines vision: “Vision is knowing who you are, where you’re going, and what will guide your journey.” It is made up of your purpose, picture of the future, and your values. Now let’s apply that to your homeschool. Ask yourself these questions:
1. What is your purpose for homeschooling and what value will it provide to your family?
Your purpose is your “why.” Most successful people contend that your “why” is what drives you. With that said, define the moment that made you finalize your decision to file your Declaration of Intent. What sold you on the idea of homeschooling your children? We all have a story. Get yours down in writing!
2. What will your picture look like at the end of your homeschool journey?
So, your kids have flown the nest and are off pursuing life. What success tools will they have obtained through homeschooling? What values will they uphold? How will they define their homeschool experience? In other words, what does “homeschooling done well” look like to you? Whatever your picture is, start thinking of ways you can work toward that goal now.
3. What are your core values and how will they support your purpose?
Identifying your core values helps tailor your vision in a way that best suits your family and makes your homeschool journey unique. These values describe the fundamental beliefs of your family’s belief system and help determine if you are on the right path to fulfilling your homeschool goals. Here’s a list of common core values to help you get started.
Writing Your Vision.
Download the FREE Homeschool Vision Formula cheat sheet to contain all your notes and finalize your homeschool vision.
I do forewarn that the first draft of your vision may be a bit long-winded. But take heart. You can keep revising it until it reads to your liking. Some vision experts suggest keeping your vision down to two sentences to ensure it is clear and concise. I personally believe that your vision should resonate with you and your family no matter how many sentences it takes. However, I do agree that it should be as clear and concise as you can possibly make it. Most of all, it should be memorable.
When your vision statement is complete, laminate it and hang it somewhere you will see it often. Perhaps in your homeschool room, learning space, or office. Please do not under any circumstances allow your vision to lay dormant in your Word documents or writing journal. Remember, we are writing a vision to direct us during our homeschool journey, so we need to keep our eyes on it as much as possible.
Lastly, I want to end by saying don’t hesitate to get your entire family involved. Family vision planning is a great way to ensure your spouse feels a part of the journey, even if they won’t be the primary educator. If your children are at the age of understanding, including them in the vision process could result in smoother homeschool days and a vision that’s truly crafted for their best interest. Not to mention the added perk of your children learning how to craft a solid vision statement of their own [insert eye wink].
So, what are you waiting for? Cheers to a healthy, clear, concise homeschool vision!
Remember to stay tuned for next week, I’ll be discussing constructing a mission statement to align with your vision.
Until next time, friends…
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