There are a lot of reasons to homeschool: you don’t like the way your child is being treated, special needs are not being met, religious training is best addressed at home, health issues, etc. But why are YOU homeschooling? And why are you choosing to start doing it NOW?
These are crucial questions that you need to answer in order to have a successful homeschooling experience. You are going to have to be ready to have the inner fortitude to take on this challenge and you have to have a good reason that will keep you going. You need to be ready with a good answer as to why you are homeschooling and why you are doing it NOW.
Homeschooling: Our Views Change
A lot of us moms start out with dreams of being the perfect mom, the perfect homeschool mom, always keeping our kids happy and safe as they grow. We want to teach them to become responsible citizens and Christians who love the Lord and serve Him. And then after a while we are just like, “I hope to survive this day and this week!” A homeschool mission statement will help you survive and succeed!
While my husband and I didn’t start out with a mission statement, it developed over time. We strove to do an exceptional job in educating our children but our goal became more than merely raising smart kids, protecting them from bullies or germs. We recommend having your mission statement in place before you begin your homeschool experience.
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Successful Mission Statement Examples
Almost all successful businesses or companies having a mission statement. For example:
Paypal:“To build the Web’s most convenient, secure, cost-effective payment solution.”
Google: “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
Truett Cathy of Chik-Fil-A had a purpose for all his restaurant employees: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
Homeschooling: What is your mission statement going to be? You can read more about our mission statement here.
A homeschool mission statement keeps everyone focused on the goal. If you don’t know what you are aiming at, it is hard to hit the target!!
If you are interested in my homeschool, you can read about it here What is My Home School and What Does It Look Like?
Homeschooling: Your Style and Legal Requirements
Your homeschooling style will need to fit your family and its needs, but it will also have to meet the requirements of your state. HSLDA has the legal requirements listed by state as well as other resources. I strongly recommend joining their excellent homeschool advocacy program if you have any fear of negative repercussions from your school district.
Below is my review of the Footsteps for Fours curriculum from BJU Press Homeschool. This curriculum is excellent on every grade level. I used it for my family almost exclusively and the children made good transitions from homeschooling to college and life.
I also have a series of Youtube videos on scheduling: teaching with young children and older children, how to handle interruptions, how to use transitions between subjects to maximize learning. If you would like to get access to these videos, join my Facebook page Homeschool with Confidence and ask for the links. Let’s get you off to a good start!
I am a planner. I like to know what is coming for the day and the week. I like advanced planning and scheduling. Maybe you know someone that “unschools.” Basically, they have just pulled their kids out of an organized school and are letting the kids run the show. They play, they help mommy make bread, they go to a museum, cut coupons, go shopping and lay around the house. I am not saying that discovery learning is not taking place, but it is child-led and not planned out. I believe in living and homeschooling with intentionality. I do not endorse unschooling generally although a few days off may be needed sometimes. I was a lot more like a drill sergeant! Read more about this HERE.
Are you thinking of home schooling your child? Teach my child? Who? Me?!
“Christian education is not a type of education merely; it is the education of Christians—individual Christians. It is ‘leading out the called-out’ from wherever they are to wherever God wants them to be’.
Besides being a great resource for parents of special needs children, Special Education: A Biblical Approach, edited by Joe P. Sutton, Ph.D. contains the best and most reasoned argument for Christian education that I have ever read.
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My home schooling philosophy
I used this philosophy when I home schooled my children. Each one of my children was a special individual that needed a unique education to become the person God wanted them to be. Read more about this HERE.
You are educating YOUR children and it is a blessing to be there to see them grow, develop skills, have their “Aha!” moments, listen to their silly jokes and help them become wonderful people. You have to know what will motivate them, how best to structure your day, find a good curriculum, and get started. That’s a lot!
You have a lot of resources around you
I believe that the Lord will provide for your children the people to help you: people from your church and community. For example, we live in a very rural area but there were still people here that taught music.
There were people who made chocolate candies, taught martial arts skills and gave voice lessons. There was wonderful older lady from my church who taught my daughter to crochet. God provided what we needed. And He can and will do the same for you. What resources do you have around you?
I am more than glad to help you as well. Please join me on Facebook Homeschool Christian Mom and get the assistance you need to be a successful homeschooling parent, no matter what reasons you have for beginning your homeschooling now.
Homeschool Christian Mom Facebook page: We discuss the ins and outs of our homeschooling days and offer great ideas to help each other succeed.
Youtube: Homeschool Christian Mom These videos discuss homeschool scheduling, working with your Littles, thinking long term, and many other topics.
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Bonus material: Youtube How I Started with My Homeschooling