Goal-Setting: Set Your Child Up for Academic Success
Your child's education is an investment, regardless of the actual amount of money dedicated to it. Like any investment, you want it to do well, right? One of the most important steps for success is setting goals- realistic, achievable goals. Having goals for your child's success gives both you and them something to work toward. Once you have those goals set, you will be able to remind them of that goal, incentivize the work put toward the goal, and reward all achievements accomplished along the way. These goals need not be drastic or absolutely huge. In fact, it is often best for the goals to be challenging but certainly achievable with some good old hard work and dedication.
What kind of goals should you set? Here are a few examples:
Make the honor roll.
Reach average reading level for the grade.
Begin studying for tests at least one week in advance.
Fine-tune study skills.
Aim to understand rather than memorize.
An important thing to keep in mind when setting these goals is to avoid unhealthy competition over letter grades, marks, etc. It's also important to understand that all of life involves active, on-going learning; that learning is not an isolated “school” activity but involves our whole lives in an integrated way. It's even more important to share that understanding with your children.
So go set those goals and get to crushing them!