Friday, July 12, 2013

Goal setting for the new school year

Summer is in full swing.  Snowcones, movie nights, and water balloon fights are being crossed off our bucket list.  4th of July has come and gone and we're enjoying our time to sleep in and work on projects.  But it's niggling around in the back of my brain.  It's waking me up at night and becoming the main theme of my prayer time. Try as I might, I simply can't ignore it any longer.  What's the "IT"?  Homeschool planning.

It's funny...some years the very thought of homeschool planning and routines causes me to break out in a cold sweat.  Other times I find myself looking forward to new adventures and the familiarity of the schedule.  The jury's still out this year, but I can't put if off any longer or come September I'll find myself checking into the looney bin.

Before I jump in and start ordering curriculum, I'm taking some time to pray and ask the Lord what HIS goals are for our year.  One size does not fit all when it comes to how we learn.  This year we'll have a high school junior (did I really just type that???) who will also be working on college credits, a freshman, 7th grader and 3rd grader.  Whew!  It's important that I consider each of their passions, interests and how they learn. How is the Lord going to use these passions for His kingdom?  What areas of weakness need shoring up?  Are there any gaps that need filling?  Asking these questions allows me to know what to focus on for the coming year.  I can come up with amazing goals, but if they don't line up with His plans then we're wasting our time.

"Without a vision, the people perish."  Homeschool translation: "Without some planning the whole year will go to hell in a hand basket."  Need a little jump-start to your planning this year?  Feel free to print off the goals sheet to use with your own brood.   

Yearly Goals Free Download

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe it's already time to start planning. I still have so many things I want to do this summer. I need time to slow down just a bit! I love the goal sheet. Thanks for sharing!


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