What good are plans if they don't actually take you closer to where you're going? All the planning in the world isn't useful if you don't have a goal in sight.
Homeschooling officially begins in our house on Monday, Sept. 1st (even though it's Labor Day), and I've been working day and night to plan the curriculum and get the studio in order. None of this is an easy feat, as we are still in the process of moving, which is perhaps why it only occurred to me today to ask myself what our LONG term goals are. I mean, picking out the right homeschool planner is important (check out this beauty from The PolkaDot Posie), but the moment of reckoning comes soon after - as soon as all those beautiful pages are printed, aligned, hole-punched and ready for you know, actual lesson plans.
Don't get me wrong - I have mountains of ideas. In fact, sifting through the ideas is precisely the problem. Which ones can be sacrificed? Which are integral to our homeschooling adventure?
In order to decide, I knew I needed to develop a Homeschool Mission Statement. I rounded up my husband and the kids and we brainstormed together. I asked, "What is our true mission here? What do we hope to accomplish? Why are we homeschooling?" During our brainstorming sessions, anything goes. Everything is written down, no matter how ridiculous or silly. In fact, especially the ridiculous and silly things. I think it eases the tension of saying something important thereby lessening the inhibitions and allowing everyone the freedom to say what they are really thinking.
So, some of our first ideas, such as "To keep the children from going to jail" and '"We aim to try"' didn't make the final cut. Here's what we did end up with:
Somewhat lofty, but like you, I think a lot of my children and want the best for them. And now, no more procrastinating! On to the lesson plans...