Setting Homeschool Goals for Your Family
Planning homeschool goals and objectives isn’t always easy. I remember when we first started homeschooling, I had these grand plans for what we would accomplish throughout our first year. What I didn’t have was a concrete outline of our goals, therefore actioning on completing them was tough. I discovered, over time, that setting homeschool goals is just the first step. You then have to break down those goals, whether they are short or long term goals, into a realistic timeline in which they can be accomplished.
Below, I’ll share some of the specific goals we created for our family in the past homeschool years and goals I created for myself to keep us all motivated and accomplished. Hopefully, some of our ideas will inspire you to incorporate them into your own homeschooling journey!
Family Homeschool Goals
Setting homeschool goals should include not just academic skills but also behavior and life skills you want your children to achieve. Here are some more goal examples of things we work on as a family:
- Life Skills: every week we will pick a recipe and we will cook it together. This should prepare them to become independent and self sufficient once they move out. (Bonus, this helps our fifth grader out with his math too!)
- Love for the Arts: try to attend a play at least once every other month to expose my children to the different types of arts. Sign up for music lessons 30 mins twice a week.
- Family reading time: schedule 30 minutes reading time for everyone in the house before bedtime (yes, even mom and dad!)
- Increase joy in our house: every Wednesday and Friday night, we play board games with my kids and my husband.
Goals, Strengths, and Needs Planner
Get your new school year started on the right track with this Homeschool Goals, Strengths, and Needs Planner
Homeschool Parent Goals
When we began the process of setting homeschool goals for our sons, I became genuinely inspired. Seeing these big picture targets broken down into achievable steps made me realize I could use this process for myself. I’ve harbored these hopes for living healthier, saving money to travel more, and finding extra time to garden, but as with everything a mom does–I would always tell myself, “I’ll get to it next week.” Well, 1 year later, “next week” never came.
But “next day” is only going to happen if I physically plan for it. So, I did. I created some attainable goals for myself as a homeschool mom that I felt I could follow through with. Here are some of the goals I have set for myself:
- Cook a healthy family meal at least 3 times a week for 2 months.
- Get up 30 minutes earlier to take care of laundry and dishes first thing in the morning, so I’ll have an extra half hour in the evening to garden.
- Cancel my gym membership and use that time to exercise with my children 3 times a week for 30 minutes a day.
- Making iced coffee at home (my weakness) and saving all the money I would have normally spent on that large cup in a savings jar.
- Stop comparing my homeschool and the way we do things to other homeschooling families. Accepting the fact that homeschooling is different in every household and that is okay!
The steps to completing goals are no different than the ones for our kiddos. I’ve learned a couple of things. 1. The key to achieving a goal is to stick with it and 2. Even if you don’t complete a goal, that is okay, life happens, and you should still be proud. So, tell me, what about you? What goals do you have for your children and/or yourself? Make this the summer that you sit down and plan out the timeline for making those goals into a reality.