Monday, September 23, 2013

Hitting the Target

At the beginning of the year, enrolled home educators hear a lot about Student Learning Plans. The SLPs consist of goals, activities that help meet those goals, ways to check if students are meeting the goals, resources to help meet the goals, and finally, a timeline that indicates when those goals should be met.
Besides academic, there are spiritual, social, physical, emotional, and/or practical goals. All should be relevant, achievable, and measurable.
Studies have shown that goals have a greater chance of being met if :
  • They are meaningful and relevant.
  • They are written down.
  • They are posted in a prominent place where they will be viewed often (i.e. fridge, beside the computer, a wall by the student's workspace).
  • They are shared with someone else (an accountability partner).
Have you set personal goals for your children, besides academic? Do they know about them? Can they review them easily? Have they set a few meaningful goals for themselves? Self-assessing is a wonderful tool in home education. Ask your children how they think they are doing in a certain area, and then listen to them. Have them brainstorm ways they can be successful. Give suggestions. Edit goals, if necessary. Break them down into small steps. Celebrate small (and large) successes. Pray for wisdom.
May this be a year of hitting the 'bull's eye' in goal achievement!


  1. We use a whiteboard by each persons desk to keep track of our goals. Mostly I uses them for daily or weekly goals. As we get closer to portfolio time they will have a list of what we are putting in to make sure that everything gets done. My whiteboard has my tasks for the day but I want to start adding longer term goals to it.

    1. Great idea to use a whiteboard for short term goals!


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