Are you looking for something that will help you focus your purpose for the year and build some excitement and camaraderie for your kids? Here is a fun way to spark school spirit for your whole family. So, gather your family together for some thinking and creativity.
Design a poster for your school. Make this exercise fun and include your kids in its design as much as possible. You and your spouse will want to make the final decisions, but the kids will take ownership of their school when they are a part of the decision-making process. Post it on your wall, create t-shirts, or make it a home screen on your computer. School posters can be a great way of building school spirit, even when you homeschool.
What to include (you may include all or some of the following):
- Your school name
- Mission statement
- Bible verse or motto
- School colors
To begin, if you haven’t already, decide on a name for your school. This step is very important. You will want to choose a name that you will feel comfortable using when your children are young and old if you decide to continue to homeschool throughout junior high and high school. This name will go on your state records as well as any transcripts. So, take some time thinking about it first. Many people suggest you do not use your last name so that it sounds more official. But, come up with something that you all agree on and like.
Next, decide on your mission statement. In doing this exercise, this will help you focus on what you want your school to be about. Discuss with your husband your priorities. What are the overall goals of your home education? What is your purpose? How do you plan on achieving your goals and purpose? Another question to ask is what is the heart of your school? Begin with the end in mind. Who do you want your kids to be when they graduate? What skills, knowledge, and experiences do you want them to take with them? As you ponder these question, develop your mission statement around them.
You may want to look at other mission statements to get an idea of how to write one. But, don’t let others influence what God has put on your heart. Each school, just like each business, is going to have a different purpose. It is part of your unique calling and part of the freedom we enjoy.
Creating a mission statement will help you to narrow your focus and keep your priorities in order. And if you start to feel overwhelmed, it is good to refer back to your mission statement as a reminder of your ultimate purpose. If there is something you are doing that doesn’t line up with your mission, maybe you need to cut it out. Or, maybe you need to add something to keep in line with your goals and purposes.
Then you get to add some fun. Is there a mascot you feel represents your family well? What characteristics do you want to be known by? Is there an animal that correlates with your school name?
Once you have decided upon a mascot, you could create a drawing contest for your kids. Have each child draw your mascot and choose one to use for your poster. Or, have your kids each draw the mascot and paste it onto one of their binders or notebooks. (Here are the ones my 6 & 8-year-old drew :))
Bible Verse or Motto
Is there a specific Bible verse or motto that your family lives by? Is there one that relates to your school name? Does your mission statement have a Bible verse that compels your education? Add a verse or motto to your poster to act as a tagline to represent the spirit of your homeschool.
This is simply for fun and school spirit. But, you can choose a couple colors you want to represent your school. One idea that my husband had was to create a hat or t-shirt with school colors, mascot, name, and Bible verse. Another idea is to have a “spirit” week where your kids dress in school colors.
Creating a school poster can be a fun way to create unity, develop camaraderie, and make school memorable for your whole family. Here is an example of what ours looks like. It’s nothing special, but it represents who we are. We made ours for free at canva.com.
I hope you have fun as a family with this activity to build school spirit. Just because you homeschool doesn’t mean it has to be boring! I’d love to see and hear what some of you have done!