It’s a brand new year and many people are setting goals for the coming 12 months. Fitness goals, diet goals, reading goals, career goals…. What about homeschool goals?
You follow so many plans and schedules as a homeschooler. There are curriculum maps, daily schedules, weekly routines. They all work together to help your homeschooling journey run smoothly and efficiently.
But have you ever thought about what specific goals you want to achieve with your homeschool? Maybe it’s reading one book aloud as a family each month or holding a themed dinner night once a week that coordinates with one of your history lessons. It could be as simple as getting 15 minutes of physical activity in each day.
Why Should You Set Homeschool Goals?
There are many different reasons you should set homeschool goals.
Setting these goals:
- helps you stay on track with your curriculum
- allows you to develop good habits
- ensures your family’s homeschool embodies your homeschool mission statement
- allows you to celebrate small wins to keep your family motivated
- teaches your kids how to set, break down and work toward a goal
It’s easy to get distracted and off track throughout the school year. Having a written goal in front of you and your family help you to remain focused. It also will encourage you to try new things, expand your reach and stretch yourselves beyond your comfort zones.
Staying motivated and encouraged can be hard, especially when it feels like the school year will never end. If you have short, easily attainable goals to work toward though, you’ll find it much easier to power through the tough weeks and months as a homeschooler.
Our Homeschool Goals
I personally use this homeschool goal tracker throughout the year to set attainable, trackable goals for my family. I try to revisit our goals at least every semester, sometimes every 9 weeks.
For this semester, we are focusing on three goals as a family:
- Read every single day
- Hold themed game night or dinner/movie night once a week
- Take a language class together
The girls also set their own personal goals at the beginning of the homeschool year. These goals are normally how many books they want to read, a specialized class they’d like to complete or simply to learn about a specific topic.
At the start of the calendar year, we also like to jump into a reading challenge to help us stay on track with any reading based goals we set for ourselves.
Goal Setting Printables
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