Our homeschool vision took a long time to develop and it is still in development.
A vision is refined over time, as you get new info, insights and clarification on what you want and not want.
It is refined as you see others, discuss and think about it.
It will not just happen automatically – you must define it to be there.
After trying out a curriculum in my first year and checking out a whole lot of catalogues, I realized that no curriculum is going to support the vision of what we want to achieve with homeschooling in our family.
Homeschooling in my family is not just about academics, and it is not just ‘schooling’.
It is the process of discipleship and therefore encompass so much more than ‘school’ would have.
Our specific vision (or reason for homeschooling) is therefore driving the whole process. This is critical to understand if you wish to measure whether you are achieving what you want.
Defining our vision took many hours of thinking, rethinking and rewriting!
The very first book on homeschooling I read was Wisdoms’ Way of Learning by Marilyn Howshall. She shared this important step of getting vision for your homeschool in a booklet on its own. That set me and my husband on a quest of thinking…days, then weeks, then months of thinking and writing it down.
What Were We Thinking About?
Questions such as:
More than 7 years later, our vision was finally on paper, stuck onto the wall of our home school. As a result, the children and I (!) can look at the vision and measure (think about) whether we are doing the things that will lead us there…
That is our end point, the goal we want to have achieved.
To have a look at our family's longterm vision, individual vision for our children, as well as how we have applied the 7-Step process personally....
For more information on the steps as we did it just click on the link: