Setting Homeschool Goals and Objectives
To get started, set your mission statement in front of you and start to think over the coming year. What specific, measurable tasks can you decide on that will help you move forward in this mission? Also consider the following areas/factors:
- Areas you want to grow in as a homeschooling parent (personal knowledge, organization, skills, character, etc.)
- Character issues you’d like to focus on with each child
- Opportunities for increased independence
- Life skills and experiences to focus on
- Ways to keep homeschooling fun and engaging
- Family culture and priorities
- Your child’s academic needs and strengths
- Anticipated events/issues to work with (illness, new baby, holidays, etc.)
- Handling hard days and setbacks
Here is an example of some goals I set in the past.
After I’ve set some goals, I set 3-7 actionable tasks that I can do that will help me accomplish these goals and put at least 1 task per goal on my calendar! Every time I complete that task, I put the next task for that goal on my calendar. This helps me keep moving forward so I’m not always dropping the ball on this.
For example, I may look at “morning personal devotions” for my son and put these down as tasks:
- Brainstorm with Jaron about how to establish this habit
- Have Jaron talk to his Dad and one other role model to talk about their personal devotion time.
- Research age-appropriate independent devotionals and pick one with Jaron’s input
- Get Jaron and alarm clock and have him start using it to wake up a half hour earlier than normal
- Do a “test run” with Jaron to show him how to do a morning devotion time on his own
Nowadays, I put down a scripture for the year that I pray over that child. Right now I pray that Jaron will grow in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52)
How about you? What are your goals for the coming homeschool year?
Homeschool Planner for a Relaxed & Christ-Centered Approach
I have tried several planners but finally decided to design one of my own that would accommodate a more relaxed, yet intentional, homeschool planning style. I plan my goals, yearly forecast, loose quarterly plans, and then carefully design a weekly rhythm based on our life routines. From there, I simply record what I actually DO each week in a weekly record section, happily ignoring the existence of detailed lesson plans. 🙂 This approach to planning and daily work has been such a blessing to us and our homeschool that I designed some tools to help YOU do the same.
Our popular Loop Scheduling Workshop helps you with templates and examples to set up loop scheduling for a variety of purposes and needs. It includes video lessons and an exclusive FB group!
You will also love our Rhythms & Routines Homeschool Planning System! It includes a printable planner and a course that walks you step by step through how to use routines for homeschool planning and set up a system that works with YOUR family and personality, with fillable pages and various templates to choose from.