Setting goals should actually be the first step to homeschooling, but for many it’s the last or not even done at all, yet knowing where you are going is essential in planning your path. Here are a few questions to get you started.
1. What does education mean to you? Is it checking all the academic boxes and excelling on tests? Is it preparing for college and a future career? Is it the ability to discover information for yourself and make objective decisions? If you’ve been in the public system for a while, you might need to take a step back to really discover what others say education is in order to form your own opinion. Here are a few resources I’ve found helpful in determining what education is and is not:
How to Escape Education’s Death Valley, Sir Ken Robinson
How Schools Kill Creativity, Sir Ken Robinson
Dumbing us Down, John Taylor Gatto
2. What are your long-term goals for your children? Do you want them to attend college? What languages do you want them to speak? What places do you want them to travel to? What future careers do you hope they might pursue? Think big, dream big. Once you figure out where you want to go, you can plan a path to get there, one step at a time.
3. What attributes and character qualities do you think are most important for your children to develop?
4. What are your faith-related goals?
5. When your children grow up, how do you want them to remember their childhood and family relationships?
6. What practical skills do you want your children to learn?
7. What are your top 10 classic books your kids must read?
8. What is the most important thing you want your children to know?
9. What physical activities do want your children involved in, sports, dancing, running, etc.?
10. How do you think your children learn best?
The answers to these questions can help you get a glimpse into the future and see the person your child will grow into so that you can plan baby steps to help get them there. It is so easy to be absorbed in the present and just survive day to day, but when you have a clear plan for the path for each child, you can look beyond the moment. The chances of things turning out exactly as planned are slim, however I’ve discovered my life has turned out even better than I ever could have dreamed. Expect big things and dream big dreams.