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 be there – you must define it to be there. Vision is the most important step as it provides the thing to measure progress by.
After trying out a curriculum in my first year and (of course) 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. This vision (or reason for homeschooling) is therefore driving the whole process. This process 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 before it got to this one that I share on this page ! My very first book 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…and 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 : · Why do I want to homeschool ?
· What do I want to achieve by homeschooling ?
· What are some of the good things I learnt as a child that I want for my children as well ?
· What is the most important thing I want my children to learn? Why ?
· What are some of the things I definitely would not like them to learn ? Why or why not ?
· What have I missed as a result of not being homeschooled ?
And now more than 7 years later, our vision is on paper, stuck onto the wall of our home school. So now the children and me (!) 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 thing 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....
Buy the Homeschooling Guide on a Personal eclectic curriculum to see how we have compiled our own curriculum over all these years
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