Thursday, August 9, 2012

* Charting Goals Over The Summer and School Year

Do your kids set goals for themselves over the summer or during the school year?
Teaching children how to set goals and achieve them
promotes responsibility, independence, accountability, and teaches them
that with hard work you can bring rewards.
I recently viewed this video about Charting Goals
at the Mom's Homeroom Website discussing goal setting with children
for sports and in life.

She suggested making a chart or notebook with your child
so they can write down their goals, review the steps to achieve that goal,
set a target date to achieve the goal by, and what their expected end result is. 
The chart can be as simple as you want (think: Post-It note, spiral notebook) 
or as elaborate as you wish. 

My favorite piece of advice she gave was to make sure that you as a parent
provide direction for your child and their goals but that you do not achieve the goal for them.
They need to do it themselves.

"E"s 4th grade teacher gave an optional "goal setting" project this fall.
Each month the kids got to pick two project ideas from a list and interpret them 
any way of their choosing. "E" picked set your goals for the new school year
and decided to make (you guessed it!) a diorama.

Here's a quick tour of her diorama... Math has always been her scariest subject 
in school, she's actually good at it but is convinced that she's not because 
mom is terrible at math! 

She loves Origami and challenged herself to continue to learn 
more complicated origami. BTW, she can fold a crane by heart now
(so can her mom thanks to my 9 year old's instructions.) 

"E" doesn't participate in sports but she does love running club at her school.
It's a before school program where we all go run on the high school track
and she earns one of these little "foot" tokens for each mile. 
Her goal was to earn 20 more miles. ("C" and I run with her)

She wanted to enter the Science Fair again,
something she re-thought and decided against once we got into spring
and there were other things going on.

"E" wanted to start to learn how to write in "Cursive" 
she's still working on that one - a good goal to carry into the new school year. 

She wanted to earn a spot at her class pizza party
by reading enough books to earn a spot and she did it!

Do you set goals for yourself?
Do your kids set goals?
Maybe it's time to start!

Pink and Green Mama
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Anonymous said...

That's great that your daughter has so many goals she is working for. Just curious, do they not teach cursive in school anymore? My daughter is only 5 so we are not that far yet.

Ticia said...

I love the visual aspect of your goals, how fun!

Alicia said...

always such great ideas...love this! i think it's so important for the kids to know the goals too....not just the parents knowing the goals of the school year.

Joanna said...

I love this, MaryLea! Getting ready to begin another homeschooling year with my kids and this is something I would like to talk about with them and do together (each of us setting our own goals and WRITING them down somewhere). So important and so great when you can check things off that list once they're accomplished! thanks for sharing!

kimi said...

Anonymous- they teach cursive but only touch on it briefly. If your child wants to become good at it you'll need to sumplement her cursive writing at home. My 9-year-old just requested something last week.

MaryLea, I'm horrible at math as well and Therefore my 13-year-old convinced herself of the same thing. She works so hard, goes in early to school and during rough patches we have a tutor. She does so well pushing herself that she can pull off a B in class by extra credit. Unfortunately she didn't pas Va SOL this year so she has to move to regular 8th grade math. I'm so relieved to get her out of advanced. She's been doing 8th grade math since 6th grade so the repeating will help her a lot and will build up her confidence. I never wanted her in advanced math but she had to be for advanced science. Va Beach is so screwy sometimes!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Kimi -- We have had a very similar experience - I partially blame it on E's AAP program as well as Virginia's use of "Everyday Math" the world's worst math curriculum -- but that's a completely different story. It drives me crazy. I hate the SOLs too -- one of the many reasons I left my teaching job in the county.

There are a lot of tears at the kitchen table dealing with all of this math pressure and then it brings back all of my own memories of crying over math to my own mother and so the cycle continues.

Hang in there!


Michelle Coady said...

That is a really great idea. I love the creative visual art part if it and I like the idea of talking to kids about the baby steps to meeting their goal.

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