What do you want to do this year? Goals and our kids

Jan 28, 2015 Categories: Education Today

It’s nearly that time again! Back. To. School.

Kids go back to school this week across Australia. And not all of them are going to be thrilled by another year at school. Here’s an idea to get them thinking about all the positives of a fresh new year of learning!

One of the first things I love to do with a new group of students each year is setting goals for the year. Not the term-by-term goals that we usually have kids write, you know ‘I want to learn how to multiple double digits’ kind of goals, but the big picture dreams that they want to see in themselves by December. So much fun!

Even my new-to-school 5-year olds love to make plans about their future. My favourite were the ones where they hadn’t quite grasped how ‘time’ works yet.

What would you like to have done or learning by the end of this year?

“I’m going to drive my dad’s car this year and go on holiday to the beach with my new bucket”

“This year I am going to learn how stars are made and then become an astronaut”

or even “I going to get married and have 3 babies and buy a big boat for fishing” –> that’s a BIG year!

Cute, right?

BTW – I’m always interested that it’s the boys who talk about marriage and babies, the girls seem to talk about jobs and games…. :0)

Our older kids might plan a bit more realistically though – maybe!

They might like to set up a band with their friends or learn how to do a certain dance or write a novel (yep, had that one, and they did it too!) or get to read at assembly or win a game of battleships, or be basketball captain, or teach your friend to juggle…

Big or little, it doesn’t seem to matter.

If the goals are personal and mean something, it make a difference to their motivation and their excitement for back to school.

You can do this at home too – especially if your kids need some inspiration in the first few weeks of school!

Try asking: ‘what’s a goal for you this year?’

They can make a BIG goal in any area really – not just at school.

Think about these areas if that helps –

  • Sports – join, re-join, attend, lead…
  • Family time – board games, cooking, decorating, baking, constructing, making…
  • Homework – routines, learning, teaching others…
  • Scouts/Guides – join, re-join, attend, lead…
  • Maths – add, subtract, multiply, divide, solve problems, understand something new…
  • Reading – books, blogs, lists, factual, fiction…
  • Writing – stories, how-to guides, instructions, lists…
  • Spelling – new words, old words, foreign words, another language…
  • Hand-writing – joined up, capitals, calligraphy, design logos, graphic design
  • Typing – speed, accuracy, fluency, keyboards shortcuts…
  • Science – astronomy, weather, geology, geography, biology, physics…
  • Music – instruments, singing, reading music, playing, improvising, practicing…
  • Performing Arts – write, perform, direct, dance, present, read aloud…

Getting back to school is sometimes not easy for all our kids. Even when we parents are wishing for those days :0) So

Asking our kids to dream big is fun! And it’s a great motivator too. Have a go this week as we all settle back into the routine!

Let us know how your kids go this week :0)

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