Creating educational goals is a crucial step needed for establishing what will be learned. By organizing these goals, it allows for better management, making it possible for you to know when and if goals are being met. With specific education goals in place you don’t have to worry whether or not you’re covering it all. You will have a clear vision of what being accomplished versus your targeted goals.
Mastering this skill is not only important for the management of your academic plan, but you are also able to include practices and explorations that apply to future academics and project management.
Younger children will need a more simplified approach that introduces them to the process of creating goals, taking action, meeting goals and adjusting for greater success. From early childhood, children must learn that it’s ok to fail because that is an important component of success. “If you at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” Older children will be able to accomplish this on their own with mentor accountability once you’ve walked them through the process.
Here’s the steps to take when creating specific education goals:
Step 1: Values Determination
Everything is meaningless unless it’s linked to your highest values. If you struggle with a particular task or goal it’s not linked to your highest values. This is the foundation from where you make your decisions, choices, goals and plans. Determine highest values for each family member and refer to them on a daily basis. Everything that you do should be filtered through your highest values.
Step 2: Envision Broad Goals
Creating high-level broad goals, enables you to see the end result desired. It could be completing a specific book, performing a complicated musical piece or discovering an inexpensive non-evasive way to detect pancreatic cancer. (Yes, a 15 year old freshman in high school actually made this discovery!) See the big picture and how this goal is linked to your highest values. Once you have this established you can move to specific action steps. Important: Do not have too many goals. Keep it simple to maximize results. The younger students need simpler and fewer goals.
“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” –Yogi Berra
Step 3: Determine Specific Action
The only measurable goals are those that incorporate specific action. Rather than broad terms such as “do better” goals must be specific to the action expected. This can include “complete one lesson of math daily” or “read for two hours in book titled _______.” Make sure all goals are realistic and be sure to include an element of challenge. Always ask “what specific action will create the greatest result towards my goal?” The student has to believe the goal is attainable otherwise all motivation is lost. This is important to set in all goals regarding core academics, practices and explorations.
Step 4: Accountability
While you are living, learning and working together throughout the days, it’s important to have regular time to sit and review goals, set goals, adjust goals and discuss ways they can be better accomplished. This is usually done during the mentor meeting where you can focus on clarity, strategy, budgeting of time, completed goals and goals to revise.
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Step 5: Adjust, Realign and Revise
As you go through the accountability steps above, you’ll discover what worked and what did not work. Review the goals to include a balance of immediate goals such as read one book and long-term goal of completing the academic level of the 16 book list. Make the necessary adjustments once you have completed the accountability step and you’re ready to repeat the process.
Take time to meet with your children, create specific education goals so everyone involved sees real progress and delights in unexpected discoveries and continues to be inspired.
Parents Inspired to Action:
- Take time to go through this process applying it to your homeschool. Complete one step at a time thoroughly before proceeding to the next step.
Children Inspired to Action:
- Work in partnership with your child through the 5 step process during your mentor meeting. Remember to keep it simple for your younger students, gradually building in complexity as they grow and develop.
Do you take time to meet with your children one-on-one in a mentor meeting? I’d love to hear your shares about how this has helped your homeschool success. What questions do you have? Please share your thoughts on this by leaving a comment below.
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About Donna Vail
Donna Vail, Education and Parenting Specialist, is founder of An Inspired Education and the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle, the proven step-by-step program dedicated to maximizing the success in the human potential through homeschooling and life mastery for the whole family. She creates educational programs for homeschool children, “after-school” study programs for public schooled children and personal development for moms, while homeschooling her five children. Get free tips and resources from Donna Vail at: www.donnavailinternational.com