Summer is coming to a close and some of you have probably even started school already! Whether you are at home or doing homework you cn still set some goals for this school year. Every year I sit down with my kids and we share what we think we should all work on during the school year. It might be an academic goal, it might be a social one, or a combination. Here is a back to school goal setting printable for you to use when you are setting goals with your children.
What You Will Need
- goals printable ( click on the image and save)
- a pencil
How to Set Up The Activity
- Choose a time when you aren’t in a rush. After dinner and before bed is always a good time for us but you probably have a time during the day when you can reflect with your child. If you have more than one child do this separately, this is a great one on one activity.
Make Some Goals!
- Be open and frank about what you think your child can achieve but do not put them down. If your child excels at something suggest easily attainable goals mixed in with a few challenges. This is an uplifting exercise not a time to judge their weaknesses.
- You may encourage but please let your child set the goals themselves. This is modeling goal setting not creating a check list for them to follow all school year.
- Print out your own sheet and have them help you decide on goals. Mine was to wake up early enough to always make lunches!
- Use this one on one time to boost your child. If you know that they are anxious about something in the upcoming school year let this be a door to open to that discussion. Keep it positive and encouraging.
- Print off a few extra explaining to your children that goals shift and you can revisit them in a month or two and see if the goals are still the same or if they have shifted.
If we don’t expect a lot from our kids , how can they live up to our expectations? That said expectations should be realistic and attainable. Sitting down to do this activity together can give you and your child insight into how you can work together to have a wonderfully successful school year.