This is the time that families are looking at their homeschool year. While you have set your homeschool goals at the beginning of the year, this is also a good time to take a second look.
Here are some steps to help.
Step 1: Reflect
Reflect on the last homeschool year and answer the following questions.
- How did you see the past homeschool year going?
- What were your plans or goals for the past homeschool year if you had any?
- What disappointments/regrets did you experience in your homeschool this past year?
- What did you feel you should have been acknowledged for in your homeschool but weren’t?
- What did you accomplish this past year in your homeschool that you were most proud of?
- What were the major lessons you learned this past year in regard to your homeschool?
Step 2: Imagine
Now let’s take some time to imagine the new homeschool year. Set your timer (use your cellphone, etc.) for five minutes. For the next fifteen minutes complete this statement: “This homeschool year would be great if….”
Next, think about what you would like to accomplish in your homeschool…
- in the next 3 months?
- in the next 6 months?
- in the next year?
- in the next 3 years?
Step 3: Assess
Looking at each child individually and your homeschool collectively. What would you like to accomplish by the end of your child’s homeschool career?
Step 4: Set Goals
Choose three goals that would have the MOST positive impact in your homeschool. What are they? As you plan your new goals, don’t forget to look at your regrets and see if there are hidden opportunities in them. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.