Make Your Purpose Clear
Setting goals makes homeschool personal. Your homeschool goals identify you and your children as unique individuals. They influence what curriculum you choose, what topics you study, and what field trips you take. Copying what you have seen others do will only take you so far. You must create your own reasons for doing what you do. Make sure your homeschool goals consist of what you and your children want to learn. This will ensure your long term success.
Homeschool Goals for You
Start with yourself. What do you want from life? Is there something you have always wanted to learn or do? What are your big dreams and aspirations? You are your child’s greatest example. If you can set your own goals, and live by them, you will be a better homeschooling parent. If your child observes that you know what you want and that you achieve it through goal setting and hard work then they will be inspired to do the same.
I disagree with the popular belief that once you reach a certain age you are too old to learn. I believe that you are never too old to learn. It’s more about what you want and what you believe than about how old you are. No one should deprive themselves of opportunities for learning. It brings purpose and fulfillment to life.
If you aren’t already a goal setter I would suggest starting with just 1 goal that you are sure you can achieve.
Write it down.
Put it somewhere you will see it everyday.
Give yourself realistic time to accomplish it.
Make time for it everyday, even if it’s a short amount of time (small + consistent = GROWTH).
When you begin to see the fruits of your efforts celebrate!
Homeschool Goals for your Kids
Talk to your kids. Start by asking them the same questions you asked yourself. Who do they want to be? What do they want to learn? What are their big dreams and aspirations? Write their answers down or record them on video. This will tell you a lot about your kids.
If they don’t have an answer for you that’s ok. Ask them to think about it for a while, maybe even a few days. They might need some self-reflection time to figure it out. Especially if they are transitioning to homeschool from a traditional school setting. Part of your child’s confidence will come from knowing what they want in life. Self-direction is powerful!
When setting your homeschool goals make sure that you consider the following,
- #1 Homeschool Goal for the Year: What is the #1 thing you want to do/learn/ this year? How are you going to accomplish this? Write down your thoughts and answers.
- Homeschool Goals by Subject: Math, spelling, writing, foreign language, reading, science, music, history, art, etc.. Whatever subjects you include in your homeschooling will be incorporated better into your daily learning if you make a goal for each one. For example maybe your math/science goal is to learn about fractions and chemical reactions through baking. Or maybe your reading/history goal is to read books about US Presidents.
- Homeschool Goals to meet your State Laws & Regulations: Each State has different laws and regulations for homeschool. Do your research and make sure to also include your state’s requirements. For example homeschoolers who live in WA are required to teach occupational education as one of their 11 academic subjects.
Follow up on your goals periodically to make sure you are on track. There may be times that you set a goal and then realize it was unrealistic and you may need to scale down, or rewrite it entirely. It will be easier to stay motivated if you take the time to see what you have accomplished and then focus on what still needs to be done.
And last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to celebrate growth! Learning, growing, and becoming, are the reasons we set goals in the first place.