There will be times when things get difficult. REALLY DIFFICULT. This isn’t to discourage you, but to make sure you are aware of the realities that await. Homeschooling is an incredibly rewarding experience, but it definitely has its ups and downs, and it’s important to remember why you are homeschooling.
When those frustrating moments come, you can look at your mission statement and be reminded of why you are doing what you’re doing.
If you signed up under the "start here" pop up, you should have received an email with all of the worksheets you need to complete this process. The first series of worksheets you will need to help you map out your mission statement are titled Personal Mission Statement Worksheets. Under the “Define your…” sections, take a moment to brainstorm. Think about the “Why” behind your homeschooling. Think about “Who” you’re teaching, “How” you’re going to do it, and the “Values” you want to incorporate into your homeschooling.
You don’t need to be precise in answering these questions on the worksheets. You can write down phrases, words, etc. This is mainly to gather your thoughts before writing out your final mission statement. Whatever comes to mind… write it down! Dig deep into the real reasons as to why you are going to start this homeschooling journey. If you’ve been homeschooling for awhile, try and think back to why you started.
When you get to the “Define Your Mission” page, you will gather your thoughts to create a brief, concise, easy to memorize, “would look good on a t-shirt” statement. This means that it shouldn’t be too lengthy. Just a few sentences should do. Once you have your final statement, write it down on the last worksheet titled, “Personal Mission Statement.” I strongly encourage you to post this statement where you can see it often. Like everyday often! Put it on a t-shirt. Print it out, put it in a stylish picture frame, and hang it in your bathroom. No joke!! It will truly become a source of strength as you go through your everyday homeschool ups and downs.
So go ahead. Grab that first set of worksheets and start brainstorming. When you're done, come back here and click on the button below to move on to Step 2.