Are you looking for an easy and fun way to help your homeschool find and maintain focus throughout the year? Have you tried a traditional homeschool mission statement but felt like it was a flop?
Find out why a homeschool vision board is a fabulous visual tool to use with all ages.
Discover how to get started on this collaborative and creative project that can boost your learn at home adventures!
What is a Homeschool Vision Board?
I define a homeschool vision board as a collage of images, quotes, art; all that inspires and encourages, combined to give an overall sense of a theme or topic; a hodgepodge of pictures.
This type of tool a visual representation of your homeschooling goals, hopes, and dreams for the upcoming year.
A homeschool vision board can help if you:
- Tend to over-plan your year
- Have good intentions but lose focus
- Have different ages and stages
- Difficulty staying on track with goals
I struggle with all of the above and found a homeschool vision board to be the perfect solution!
I'm a planner girl and love the planning process. All those books and resources and great ideas are so exciting and energizing.
Until it comes to following through 😉
Then, lists and plans and piles start to stack up in my beloved planner.
Brilliant ideas are forgotten on slips of paper and sticky notes. I always have the best intention to sort through those ideas but find they've evaporated when I need them the most.
As my boys get older, I find we're functioning with an erratic homeschool schedule. After fighting the chaos, I've learned to embrace what is and just roll with it. And I need practical tools and resources to remind me of our purpose and goals!
I'm a visual person (one of the reasons that I love all those planners and lists). If I can't see it, it usually doesn't happen.
I need to see it and not just in words. My boys love visual reminders, too. In the past, I have hung up our homeschool mission statement but B-O-R-I-N-G!
Homeschool mission statements (a set of principles you select to guide and support your homeschool goals) are typically one of the first things you're encouraged to create when you begin your homeschool adventures. You “need” a mission statement or your homeschool will fall into a pit of despair and ruin.
And I have nothing against mission statements per se. They're helpful to many families. A traditional type of homeschool mission statement, however, does not work for us.
When we tried to use a written homeschool mission statement, it sat in a binder and collected dust. In the middle of a busy homeschool day, I'd forget what it said, get completely off track, and struggled to regain focus.
After giving the whole situation some thought, I realized that our homeschool needed a visual reminder of our mission statement, something that's easy to see and reference throughout our day.
A Homeschool Vision Board was the solution!
Benefits of a Homeschool Vision Board:
- Visual reminder
- Great for pre-readers and early readers
- Easy to put together
- Fun collaborative project
- Cultivates a sense of ownership for your homeschool
- Affordable to make
A homeschool vision board provides you with a visual reminder to reference throughout your day. When you place it in your homeschool area, you'll find it a helpful and inspirational resource to keep you on track
If you have younger kids in your homeschool, a homeschool vision board is fantastic! Pre-readers and early readers can understand and benefit from the visual cues.
This activity can be a fun collaborative project that's easy to put together. Using a few affordable items, as well as common household materials, you can work with your kids to find and create pictures to represent your homeschool goals, hopes, and dreams for the upcoming year.
One of the best parts of a homeschool vision board is that every member contributes to its creation. It truly is a collaborative effort that unites your family and encourages ownership of your homeschool.
Our Homeschool Vision Board
The beauty of a homeschool vision board is that it's a custom creation that represents your family's interests and goals. Every board will have a different look and feel that makes it unique.
Our Homeschool Vision Board has always been a work of collaboration! My boys and I have fantastic conversations about past homeschool years and what we're looking forward to in the year to come. We love listening to each others' ideas and figuring out ways to merge them to create a homeschool vision for all of us.
How to Make a Homeschool Vision Board
The Homeschool Vision Board Checklist & Planner is designed to help you keep your focus and narrow down your goals.
This free printable pack includes:
- printable list of 9 questions to guide your discussion
- suggested materials list (a few are shown below)
- inspiration and ideas on how to use your homeschool vision board
AdirOffice Foam Board 5mm Sheets (20Pacon Foam Board, White, 22Elmer's Acid-Free Foam Boards, 20 x 30 Inches, 3/16-Inch Thick, Bright White, 2-Count (902015)School Smart Railroad Board, 6-Ply, 22 x 28 Inches, Assorted Colors, 25 BoardsOffice Depot Poster Boards, 22in. x 28in, White, Pack Of 10, 23408The Board Dudes Black Framed Cork Board 35Quartet Cork Bulletin Board, 23-Inch x 35-Inch, Oak Finish Frame (35-380352)Scotch Removable Double Sided Tape with Dispenser, Standard Width, ¾ x 400 Inches (667)Scotch Brand Double Sided Tape, Long-Lasting, Photo-Safe, No Liner, Engineered for Bonding, Narrow Width, ½ x 500 Inches, 6 Dispensers/Pack (6137H-2PC-MP)Thumb Tacks 200-Count Clear Standard Push Pins Steel Point and Plastic Head
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If you have any questions about creating a homeschool vision board, please add them below in the comments section. And, if you know a homeschool family who could benefit from this awesome homeschool visual tool, please share this post!