It’s the beginning of the year, and that means I’m setting goals and getting organized. I shared my personal goals for 2014 on Intentional By Grace this week. I wanted to share some of my homeschool goals with you today!
My Homeschool Goals for 2014
(Re)Focus on Reading Aloud
Reading with my children is very important. A chance to fall in love with reading is one of the best gifts I can give my child. Reading teaches language, which has a lot to do with a child’s emotional development. When life gets busy, this is one of the first things to go. Therefore, I want to set specific goals of reading to help me stay on track.
- Read 4 chapter books aloud with my three year old this year
- Read (at least) 14 books aloud with my three year old & (at least) 7 books aloud with my 4 month old each week
Check out 5 Tips for Reading Aloud with Your Child for further encouragement.
Create a Routine and Stick to It
We thrive on routine. I have a habit of being really great about doing homeschool preschool, and then it gets shelved for weeks on end (if I’m not careful).
Yes, I realize it’s preschool. Yes, I realize it’s not even totally necessary. Yes, I realize my son is only three.
But it’s important to my little boy. He loves spending time with Mommy, and he loves doing school. It’s part of speaking his love language for me. I want to focus on getting a workable routine for us that we can stick to!
Incorporate More Nature (aka, get outside!)
Being outside, exploring nature is very important for my little boys. Getting natural vitamin D, being in God’s creation, and experiencing various sensory activities through the natural world is truly one of the greatest classroom settings for preschoolers! My boy loves nature scavenger hunts.
- Get outside at least three times a week in the winter and everyday in the summer
- Create three new scavenger hunt printables (little guy loves checking boxes…wonder where he gets that from?)
Engage in Intentional Discipleship of My Boys
We already do consistent family devotions with our toddler. But it’s sort of like going to church on Sunday, and then forgetting about Jesus the rest of the week. We do our devotions and then, I forget to incorporate teaching my children about Jesus throughout the day. I compartmentalize the Gospel. I want to be more intentional about discipling my oldest son.
- Memorize 6 new verses
- Read through entire God’s Love for You Children’s Storybook Bible
I am praying that by setting new goals, we can grow in our consistency. We are just starting out on our homeschool journey. I believe incorporating the above habits into our homeschool now will reap great dividends later!
What is one of your homeschool goals?
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