When we began our homeschool year, I felt a need for vision statement. Each new school year felt like a new opportunity to succeed as a family. Just like a New Year’s Resolution can make you feel as if you’re getting a fresh start, so can a new school year.
After the old school year was finished, there was always a time of assessment. I don’t mean taking tests, but instead, asking myself questions about the past year. As I questioned the things that worked or didn’t work, I could then come up with a plan for the following year. As a mom, I always felt that I could do a better job of teacher and mom. As I went over my list of problems and solutions, a new vision of our homeschool would emerge.
The times of assessing our homeschool were bathed in prayer. Asking for God’s guidance was the most important, because He always provides. Homeschool moms have a huge burden of educating and training their children that can lead to overwhelm. I found that only with God’s grace could I relax and find peace with the large assignment that was mine.
Looking for a Bible verse that served as an encouragement and challenge was also something for me to do. There are so many to choose from, but when I found a verse that inspired me, I would write it out. Then, I would write out a vision statement for the year of homeschool.
Many people and organizations have a vision statement. It sums up the change that you want to see in your family for the homeschooling year. I always asked God what we needed most. Many times the children or circumstances made it crystal-clear what we needed to focus on. But, a vision statement helped me to solidify my purpose as a homeschool mom.
Here are some examples of Vision Statements of corporations:
Make-A-Wish: That people everywhere will share the power of a wish
In Touch Ministries: proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people in every country of the world.
Special Olympics: To transform communities by inspiring people throughout the world to open their minds, accept and include people with intellectual disabilities and thereby anyone who is perceived as different.
I would encourage you to write a Vision Statement for your homeschool. If you’re a believer, I would encourage you to have a school Bible Verse, too. When you write these two things out, they will serve as a focus for you and your children. Share this with them and refer to it often. It always helped me to remember where God had challenged me and helped me to not experience burn-out.
@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman