Picture your children in 20 years’ time. What are they like?
If you’re anything like me, the thought of your mischievous, cheeky, energetic, snotty two year old as an adult is a bit of a mind explosion. It’s hard enough to picture him toilet training let alone as a fully grown man. One day he may even have snotty children of his own!!
The best way to think about what you want from your homeschool is to think about what you want your children to be like as adults, as they make their own way into the world.
For us, our vision for our children, and so our homeschool, is for them to be men who can appreciate truth, beauty and goodness in this world. Men who ask questions and seek answers. Men of God who can walk through the unknown with faith and wisdom. Men who can keep a heavenly perspective to their everyday lives and seek to glorify God in all that they do. We summed this up with two words – Wonder and Wisdom.
Our Vision is for our boys to become Men of Wonder and Wisdom
This vision becomes the starting point for every decision you make about your homeschool, both big and small, and the standard against which all things are held. Once you have your vision you can start to consider methods, goals and resources. Once you have your vision you have a goal against which you can track progress.
So, how can you create a vision for your homeschool?
- Grab a notebook and a cup of tea and start writing down anything and everything that you want your adult children to be like. Start brainstorming. Don’t edit your thoughts, just get everything down on the page. This process may take a few days or even weeks. Talk it over with your husband. Pray about it.
- Read over your notes and ask yourself of each point – Is this nice or necessary? Is this elective or essential? Circle the points that are essential. (Note to self – grandchildren are nice but unfortunately not necessary.)
- Start trying to group your notes into categories. Use coloured highlighters to sort them. Are there any common themes or ideas that group your points? We sorted our points into two categories. You might have more, but the less you have, the more succinct your vision statement will be.
- For each category of points try to find a word or phrase that sums it up. This is where we used wisdom and wonder but you need to find what works for you.
- Write you vision statement using these words or phrases.
- Write it out (or type it) and stick it somewhere that you will see it regularly.