You have made it to the 2nd week in our 12 Simple Steps to Homeschooling Series!
Hopefully, by now you have picked a curriculum. If you haven’t picked a curriculum yet and need help deciding, go check out my last article How to Pick a Curriculum: 6 Important Questions to Ask. In part 3 we will be discussing setting goals for your homeschool and getting your children involved in coming up with ideas.
I think it is helpful at the beginning of each school year to set a list of goals that you would like to see accomplished during the year. The list doesn’t need to be more than a couple of things. It is mainly meant to help you think ahead. That way you don’t get most of the way through the school year and realize you have completely forgotten about something that you felt was important.
Examples of goals.
One of my goals each year is it to finish the first half of our curriculum before Christmas break. If we finish the first half of the curriculum before we take an extended break, then it is easier to return to school after the holidays. We aren’t trying to remember what we were working on before we went on vacation. This makes for an easier transition into the second half of the school year.
Another example of a goal might be for your child to learn the letters of the alphabet or their address. For an older child goals might include learning to type. This is where you can get your children involved. Ask them what they would like to learn. Maybe your son would really like to learn about dinosaurs this year, so you want to make sure you include that somewhere along the lines. It helps them take ownership of their schoolwork and become more excited about school.
Write down a couple of goals. Look at them throughout the year. It is possible that as time goes on what seemed important in the beginning of the school year, doesn’t matter anymore. But it might also help keep you on track. If your goal was to get through the first month, then congratulate yourself when you reach that mark. Just like everything else in life you might need a little encouragement so set some goals that you know you can accomplish, things that are within your reach.
Ask your children.
Have your children list out a couple of goals they would like to accomplish. When I ask my children to do this, they can get really creative. Sometimes they are things that I might have never considered. When they were younger, it was to go to the library once a week. While we didn’t do it every week, most weeks we did. It helped break up the monotony of school work by throwing a little fun into the mix. Another year it was to do science experiments on Fridays. This is one we still do.
Another type of goal that I like to incorporate is teaching life skills. We have the flexibility as homeschoolers to include this way more often than the public-school setting allows. I want my children to grow up to be independent, self-reliant, functioning adults. In order to accomplish this goal, I like to allow time for them to learn new skills, such as cooking, doing the laundry, helping with animals, or working on a wood project with their Dad. Anything relevant to real life is perfect for this. So, I might include a goal of having chores for them to do after school or include a time during the day to work on a fun project of their choosing.
For your homework this time, I would like you to set a couple of goals. Write down a couple of things that you want to make sure you accomplish this year. When you finish writing them out, add them to the comments below. I would love to hear what you have decided upon. It will be really encouraging for myself as well as others to see what you come up with.
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