There are several ways to set goals. Some like to use the great forms available from Donna Young's website. I'm sure there are other sites and programs with goal setting forms. This year, I'm just writing them in my notebook. I try to keep my goals very general. In some cases I leave the nitty gritty to the program I'm using for a particular subject. An example would be math. I have always been very confident in the Saxon and Abeka math programs. I know that my children are getting everything they need if I follow one of these. I think I would find it too overwhelming to set specific goals for math. I admire those who can do this and then use various resources to help them meet those goals. English grammar is another example. I tend to use Voyages or Easy Grammar and I believe, once again, that both of these programs provide the content my children need to learn. So my goals are more general.
An example of a general goal would be last year's reading goal for Jetter. As a fifth grader, Jetter was able to read, but his stamina for reading was low. A few minutes and he was done, moving on to climbing trees and wrestling with his brother. So, the goal for Jetter this past school year was to increase reading stamina. We accomplished this by simply finding series of books that Jetter was interested in. I started with the Bush Boys series which I found at CHC. I bought just the first book because I didn't know if he would like them. After one book he was hooked and I ended up buying all the rest. He has also read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and several of the Red Wall books. He is currently waiting (impatiently) to get the next in the series. He reads mostly before he goes to bed. He enjoys the privilege of staying up after lights out so he can read a while. And read he does! I am delighted that it was so easy to accomplish this goal of building reading stamina! Next year, the goal is to increase his writing stamina! I'm not sure that's going to be as easy.
I try to set goals for each of my children in the five areas below. Sometimes, it works better if the whole family works on one particular goal. This is usually in the case of a virtue that I see lacking in my children and myself. I'll describe each briefly below but I think the one thing that is so important, and that I need to really work on, is the act of REVISITING these goals that I have written. I have, in the past, gone to great lengths to write out wonderful goals for my children and myself, only to stumble upon them in say, April, and think "Oh wow, I forgot we were going to work on that!" (Yes, I can be that scatter-brained! :) So the goal for keeping these goals always in mind is to revisit them on a regular basis. Since I will be dividing our school year up into 6 six-week terms, revisiting goals (and adjusting if need be) will happen at the end of each term.
|Early Morning Academics|
|First Communion and Confirmation!|
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So, in ending this rather lengthy post, I will confess one of my goals! My goal for this coming school year is to not only prayerfully write the goals, but once again, to revisit them each term and adjust when necessary. I love the feeling of crossing a goal off the list once it is reached!