Have you ever sat down and asked yourself what are your homeschool goals? When it comes to planning out a new year – do you know what you want that year to entail?
Every year it’s important to sit down and talk about what you’re wanting to accomplish this year during the homeschooling year. This is an easy way to make certain that everyone is on the same page while also talking about what your plans are for the year as well.
When you think about what your homeschool year, have you set goals for each of your child? If you can set homeschool goals for your child, this will help you figure out the right curriculum for your homeschool.
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What are your homeschool goals?
The great thing about setting goals for your homeschool is that it doesn’t have to be a one-size fits all approach. The more that you can understand what you’re trying to accomplish, the more that you can then move forward with making your goals happen.
The best thing about setting a goal for your homeschooling is that you need to make certain that you’re communicating those goals with everyone in the family. This way, everyone can be on the same page and that is a much better way to reach those overall goals.
The other big part of goals is that the goals can always be adjusted. Don’t feel like you have to stick with a goal that isn’t quite working. You can easily adjust the goals so that they better align with what you’re wanting to do.
What would you like your child to get out of homeschooling this year? What skills would you like to focus on? What subjects would really interest him? Setting some sort of goal or benchmark is a great way to help them reach those goals.
My son would love to learn about rockets for science so how about looking into a physical science curriculum with lots of hands on activities. My daughter would love to read the Narnia books, how about a unit study? The learning methods that you set at home doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all approach.
If your child is learning to read, you’ll know that your focus will be on reading fluency, how about find some fun new readers, sight word games, and reading resources to make learning fun.
If your need to learn independence, then teacher intensive curriculum may not be the answer. Find out a great goal that can work well for your child as each child learns differently.
Are there any issues that you need to address as a parent? Do we need to work on fostering sibling love or sharing? Make a list of character traits you’d like to work on this year with tasks or ideas to implement them as well.
This is a great way to again, talk to the kids about the things that you want to work on during the year. This can help them and you plan out your homeschooling year so that everyone is on the same page.
Don’t be afraid to ask your child, do they want to learn the piano or take up a new sport? Perhaps they’d like to read x number of books this year. Maybe they’d like to learn to knit or crochet, ask them what interests them and how you can help them achieve their own goal and put it in writing.
Personal goals are great for everyone to set in the family and are a real motivator to stay on track, too. Each person can set their own goals and then communicate with everyone else about what they hope the outcome is.
Goals are a great way to have your family stay aligned with the outcome that they’re hoping happens for the year. You can easily set goals for yourself and have the kids set goals for themselves as well.
The more that you can set those goals, the more that the family will come together and be able to achieve those goals together. Remember – the family that plans together finds great success together!
What are the benefits of setting goals for homeschooling?
The biggest benefit to creating goals is that it brings the family together. Setting goals also shows everyone that they need to be held accountable during the year as well.
You’ll find that when you set goals as a family you’ll do much better at actually sticking to them. Family members can help each other and motivate each other to stick to and reach those goals.
Just like anything in life, when you have cheerleaders and people who want you to succeed, you will!
I created a printable to write out your yearly goals, and weekly goals for each child. Print these out and work on completing them. This is also a great way to have independent thinking as well.
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There are so many great resources in the homeschooling community that are great to lean on and study. If you have questions about anything related to homeschooling, reach out and ask me as well! I would love to connect and brainstorm or answer questions any way that I can. There are so many great parts to love about homeschooling!
More Homeschooling Resources
Don’t forget to to check ut some of these other homeschool resources. Use these as a guide and a way to help planning.