As a homeschooler, I’m used to being asked “why” on a regular basis — why did we decide to homeschool? It’s not a difficult question to answer, because we wouldn’t be homeschooling if my husband and I weren’t clear about why.

However, knowing your “why” is just the beginning. Your “why” helped you decide to homeschool. Deciding how to homeschool is another story.

Creating a homeschool mission statement will help you manage the many decisions that follow the decision to homeschool. Once your mission statement is established — and you, your spouse, and your children are on the same page — you can use it to guide you in evaluating decisions such as curriculum choices, teaching methods, extracurricular activities, schedules, etc. It will also help you re-prioritize when necessary.

Join me at the Welcome to the Family Table website, where I am contributing my post: Defining Your Homeschool Mission: It’s More Than Your “Why”

I explain why a homeschool mission statement is important, what key questions to discuss as you set out to write your homeschool mission statement, and how it can help guide you in the day-to-day journey of homeschooling. Click here for the full post.

To help you create your own homeschooling mission statement, I’ve created a free worksheet for you that also includes an example of the Gotcher Family’s Homeschool Mission Statement. Download it here for free: Homeschool Mission Worksheet.

Have you defined your homeschool mission? If so, is it an “understanding” or is it on paper? Do your children know the details of your mission? Or are you still searching for answers to some of these questions?

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Renée Gotcher

Renée Gotcher is a freelance writer and editor who provides streamlined copywriting and editing services to Christian communicators who want to create compelling content with eternal impact. A former journalist and current work-at-home, home-educating mother, Renée writes about faith, family, and homeschooling at NextGen Homeschool (a blog she founded in 2011) and contributes content to other faith-based websites.