Now that you’ve got your annual and weekly homeschool schedules worked out, today we’re going to set aside the calendars and work on setting goals. Not just in general, but specific goals for your children, yourself, and your homeschool.
Begin with the end
When you start to get into the nitty-gritty of homeschool planning, it is always a good idea to start at the end. What do I mean by that? Well, whenever you are setting a goal, you don’t start with the next step, you start with what you’d like to attain or achieve and then work backward.
For example, if I know I would like to see Louisa writing her name by the end of the year then I might start with the alphabet. Her goal sheet would look something like this:
- Learn alphabet by sight by practicing daily (she’s already done this)
- Learn to write uppercase by practicing daily (and then once she’s got these down . . . )
- Learn to write lowercase (and then onto the final product . . . )
- Practice writing her name
Do you see what I did there?
I started at the end goal and worked backward. It’s the same principle with any goal we set in life.
Don’t freak out, I’m not talking about testing here. I’m talking about evaluating the kids’ strengths. What progress have they made over the past year? What areas do they need to improve on and how can I help them grow as people?
Only after I take a good look at what my little people are doing and where they’re going can I create a set of homeschooling goals for the upcoming year. From those goals, I will have a good idea of what materials I need to purchase.
A good goal
The first part of a great goal is that you address a specific area and decide how you will determine your success. (I know she has mastered her alphabet when I can point to any letter and she knows what it is.)
Another thing to consider is including your child in the goal making process. This is especially important for older students who should have some input into what they are learning, and as an added bonus, it teaches goal-setting and self-evaluation.
I mean, isn’t this one of the reasons we homeschool? So we can focus on each child and make sure they have an individualized learning experience?
Take some time
Take some time to think about and write out some goals for each of your children, yourself, and your homeschool. I’d love to hear about your goals in the comments below. Tell me how you’ll measure success.
Do you need ideas? If you’re new to goal setting, Design Your Homeschool has some excellent ideas and helps for getting you started.
Get your goals written down and I’ll see you back here for Day 4.