Goal setting is the key to success in so many endeavors. Let us help you create some SMART goals for your homeschool that will keep you on track through the remainder of your academic year. This skill will be essential for your students as they move beyond their homeschool time.
SMART Goals (according to the homeschool world)
It’s not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.Ann Landers
- Specific: Your child knows exactly what to expect from a particular assignment (no surprises). “I can name when and how long we are going to do ____ subject.”
- Monitored: You know what your child’s individual capacities are, and you set goals within those capacities. “I will read the directions with you as you start the assignment so we are both sure what needs to be done, and I will check your work upon completion.”
- Achievable: You set the goals with the specific child in mind to create success for them (because success breeds success). “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never change the goal.” “I will rethink the plan with my student if we don’t feel we are making progress towards the goal.”
- Realistic: As a parent, you know what is upcoming. Are your goals achievable within the time frame you are setting? “I can complete the goal we have set in a reasonable amount of time.”
- Touch-pointed: To teach the goal-setting process, you need to define touchpoints for your student along the way so they know they are making progress. How frequently do you intend to check in with them? “I can name the individual steps, or make an ordered list, for what I am expecting my student to do.”
If you find merit in what Sara and Gretchen discussed, we suggest you also review our conversation about habits.Upcoming Webinars
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