Sunday, September 15, 2013

Vision Boards 2013

"Without a vision, the people shall perish ..." Proverbs 29:18.

Last year we began a tradition of creating a vision board for the start of the school year. Our vision boards from last year were still taped to the door, albeit crumpled and tattered.  In the spirit of going green and being more creative, we decided to create a "re-usable" vision board for this school year.

We started off with an inexpensive cork board from Michaels, some painter's tape and craft glue.  The theme was African flags.  But KingMan decided he wanted to paint the flag of Jamaica because he believes that's where locs (also known as dreadlocks) originated.  I'm not sure if that's true. We'll have to study more deeply on that topic.  Nevertheless,  he said he likes the colors.

LionHeart chose an African flag that is familiar to him thanks to one of his favorite movies, Madagascar.

In less than 30 minutes, they created a unique vision board that can be used for years, or at least until they decide to change the flag design.  They were so proud of the finished product.

Creating the vision boards was easier than explaining the concept of what should go on the vision board.  I talked to them beforehand about values, goals and inspiration, and how they should look for pictures and words from magazines to convey that vision on their boards.

Despite this conversation, many material things ended up on the board.  To help create some balance between material wants and personal aspirations, I went through some magazines and cut out some words and images that I thought would inspire them as well.

The boards will be ever evolving, as they come across inspiring quotes and information throughout the year.  Each time the boys take a walk down the hall, they will glance at their vision boards and be reminded of how they see themselves.


  1. Love the boards. My 7 y.o. just asked to study Madagascar thanks to that same favorite movie. He might really enjoy this same project with a few tweaks to it. As always, thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks Deidre! They really enjoyed making the boards. Both boys love to paint.

  3. What a great idea monica! Go Kingman, make Jamaica proud!

  4. Really nice, idea with the vision boards.

    Good resources regarding self-identity and the relationship with consumerism:

    Stealing Innocence Corporate Culture's War on Children - H.Giroux

    The Mouse That Roared Disney and the End of Innocence- H.Giroux

    I thought this was an interesting statement.

    Indeed, children from the ages of 4 to 12 have increasingly been defined and viewed by their spending capacity.- J. Hill