With storm after storm coming to the Philippines recently, it’s been a rainy and mostly homebound past few days for us. And with afternoon trips to the park and football training cancelled, I wanted to find something else for my kids and I to do. I figured now would be a good time to finally do something that’s been on my mind – make our dream boards.

I’ve been wanting to make our homeschooling more purposeful, more intentional. I’m hoping that having our dream boards will guide us in making the right choices in our learning journey.

Working on Dream Boards

How we made our dream boards:

1. We listed down our dreams.

I asked them a few prompt questions to help them verbalize their dreams:

  • What do you want to be remembered for?
  • What do you want to become better at?
  • What places do you want to visit or live in?
  • What do you want to have or experience?

Soon enough, we each had a list of about five to seven dreams. We were ready to visualize them.

2. We looked for images and words that represented our dreams.

This is the fun and frustrating part. One gloomy, rainy afternoon, we sat on the living room floor, with piles of magazines and some art supplies around us. We searched through magazine after magazine for photos, illustrations and words that showed our dreams. I saw a photo of Mount Fuji, Japan but none of the cable cars in San Francisco. My son cut out a photo of the latest Alienware computer, but couldn’t find any photos or logo of the NBA. My daughter saw tons of photos of cakes, cupcakes and other delicious pastries, but none of the Seattle Space Needle.

It was like a treasure or scavenger hunt.  We found some things, but not everything on our list. For the things we couldn’t find, we wrote them down.

3. We put the cut-out photos and words on our boards with sticky tape.

I suggested we use small pieces of sticky tape so it will be easier to move the pieces around or remove them if we want to. We filtered the cut-outs and mounted the ones that we liked most (and fit on the boards). Finally, we had our dream boards!

Dream Boards in Progress

We didn’t fill up our boards completely; we left some blank spaces. My son was a bit worried about filling up his board with too many things; I think he wanted it to look neat. I purposely left some spaces on my board because I wanted to have that openness to new images, new words, new dreams.

We’ll be hanging our dream boards on our walls to remind us everyday of what we are looking forward to. Our dreams are mounted with sticky tape because they can move and they can change. Our present dreams have blank spaces in between to welcome the possibility of future dreams. Our dream boards, like our dreams, are works in progress.