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The Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #80
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement

June 11, 2004  /  Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors
You are welcome to forward this newsletter in its entirety.

3-Part Series:  Choosing Curriculum
Part 1:  Your Family Mission Statement
     You Can Do It
     Our God-Given Mission Statement
     Making It Personal
     The First Step
     Including Your Family
     Using Your Mission Statement
Recommended Resources
     I Want To Be a Work-at-Home Mom
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     Homeschool Cookbook
     Forget-Me-Not Gift Baskets
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote


     In this newsletter we start a 3-part series on choosing
curriculum so that you have time to consider and obtain it and
have it on hand when you start your school in September.
     Writing a family mission statement is the first step -- a good
idea and enriching experience for any family!

     May the Lord richly bless you and your family this summer.

Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
The Teaching Home is a 23-year-old, home-school family business.

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Your Family Mission Statement
     As Christian home-school parents, you already have a sense
of purpose and direction for your family.  You can enhance this
for yourselves and extend it to your whole family by formulating
a family mission statement together.
     A mission statement is a written declaration of your
family's purpose in life.  It is a clear, simple, and succinct
sentence or paragraph which a child can understand.
     Your mission statement will then be applied to each area of
your life and implemented by your goals.  (Our next newsletter
will show you how to take your mission statement and set specific
     Your family's mission statement:
  * Proclaims your family's ultimate goal, reason for being, and
     vision for the future.
  * Is the big picture of what is most important to you.
  * Will reflect your values, what you want to be, and what you
     want to do.
  * Will determine the use of your time, energy, and money.
  * Is used to initiate, evaluate, and refine all of your life's
  * Is a declaration of what each member of your family will live by.
  * Should include your spiritual values, the fundamental truths
     and foundational principles upon which you will build your lives.
  * Will define your family's common purpose, specify your
     direction, and provide a compass to guide and measure your
  * Will help your family to appreciate its unique identity.
  * Will enable each member see himself as part of a team
     cooperating to achieve a God-given task.

You Can Do It
     Just because a mission statement is so important and awesome
sounding, doesn't mean that it needs to be an overwhelming task.
     You, no doubt, already have a purpose that your family
operates under.  However, it is valuable to take it out, look at
it, and put it in so many words.
     Writing your family mission statement together as a family
can be an exciting and unifying experience.  And the rewards are
sure to become evident as together your family follows your
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Family Mission Statement (continued)

Our God-Given Mission Statement
     God created us for a purpose and has written a mission
statement for us in His Word.  Jesus condensed this into one
sentence when He said,

     "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
          and with all your soul, and with all your strength,
          and with all your mind;
          and your neighbor as yourself."  (Luke 10:27)

     Jesus added to this a specific command, "Go into all the
world and preach the gospel."  (Mark 16:15)  Paul described our
mission, "We are ambassadors for Christ." (II Cor. 5:20)
     This, therefore, is a good place to start.  A very generic
Christian mission statement could be worded as, "Our family will
love and serve God and others, and spread the Gospel."
     Joshua simply said, "As for me and my house, we will serve
the Lord." (Josh. 24:15)
     Throughout Scripture there are specific commands concerning
family relationships, such as children honoring and obeying their
parents, and parents teaching and lovingly disciplining their
children. (Exodus 20:12; Deut.6:5-8; Proverbs 6:20; 29:15;
Ephesians 6:1-3; Galatians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:20)

Making It Personal
     We all have unique abilities and callings to accomplish our
God-given mission in different ways.  Some questions you could
ask yourself are:
  * How can our family inspire one another to love the Lord?
  * How can our family serve others in a unique way?
  * How can our family fulfill the Great Commission of spreading
     the Gospel?
  * What specific contribution can our family make that will make
     a difference in the world?
  * What do we want our family to be known for, or how would we
     want others to describe our family?
  * How do we want to treat each other?
  * What kind of a home (not house) do we want to have?
  * What do we want to achieve or accomplish together?
  * What is most important to our family?
  * What is our vision for the future?
  * How will our family reflect godly values?

The First Step
     As you prepare to write your family mission statement, there
are a few things that husband and wife need to do together:
  * Agree to work on this project.
  * Pray for God's guidance and wisdom.
  * Look up Scriptures that show what God desires from all
     families and individuals (see some listed above).
  * Make a list of questions (such as those listed above) that you
     and your children can answer to stimulate thinking.
  * Come to an agreement as a couple on the general purpose
     and direction of your family so that you can present a united
     perspective when you discuss this with your children.
  * Remember that you as parents have the God-given responsibility,
     wisdom, and experience to lead your family.


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Family Mission Statement (continued)

Including Your Family
     Involving your children in the process of formulating your
family mission statement will help them understand and be
committed to it.  When you are all comfortably seated with
uninterrupted time, follow this procedure:

1.  Preparation
  * Explain what you are doing and why.
  * Read pertinent Scriptures and pray for the Lord's guidance.

2.  Brainstorming
  * Explain that you have some ideas about your family's purpose
     and that you want to consider and add their ideas as well.
     (This will make it clear that this is not a democratic voting
     exercise, but that their input is valued and requested.)
  * Read your list of questions.
  * Write everyone's ideas on a large paper or marker board that
     everyone can see.
  * Give examples to support ideas so that even the youngest
     child can understand what you are talking about.

3.  Formulation
  * Combine similar ideas.
  * Sort out ideas: some are foundational for the mission
     statement and some will be saved and used for your more
     detailed plans (see our next newsletter).
  * Select Scripture verses or passages that summarize your

4.  Wording
  * After you have agreed on the main points, refine your
     statement by working on the wording of the phrases or
     sentences you will use.
  * The wording should be appealing, meaningful, and easy to
  * Be sure you have included your purpose, what you want to be
     and do.
  * Include verbs to add dynamism and describe what action you
     will perform in living your purpose.
  * Make your statement simple, clear, short, and understandable
     to the whole family.
  * Be creative if you wish by making your statement into a motto
     (e.g., "Love and Service Above All."), a poem, an acrostic using
     the letters in your last name (e.g., Short: "Serve God, Help others,
     Obey authority, Reach the lost, Teach our children"), etc.

Using Your Mission Statement
     In order to make your statement a permanent and practical
part of your family's life, you need to:
  * Type or write out your mission statement and the Scriptures
     you based it on.
  * Post your mission statement where all can see and be reminded
     of it.  This can be decorated and framed to show its importance
     to your family and visitors.
  * Make laminated copies of various sizes for wallets, notebooks,
     bookmarks, placemats, etc.
  * Have everyone memorize and review your statement and verses.
  * Refer to your mission statement and the Scriptures on which
     it is based whenever opportunities to apply them occur in your
     everyday lives.

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Sunnyside Up
     Our 5-year-old son and I were playing Pictionary one
evening. The card he picked read "slide rule." He then needed to
draw a recognizable picture of it.
     Assuming our son wouldn't know what a slide rule was, I
suggested that he try another card. He replied, "I know how to
draw it, Mommy!"
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God Loves You.
     Because we were separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ
died in our place, then rose to life again.  If we trust Jesus Christ
as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
     "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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