Even though the official school schedule might step aside for lazy days at the pool, you can still encourage growth in your kids during the summer. The summer months are excellent opportunities to hone in on specific skills, goals, passions, or hobbies. Grab the freebie at the end of this post and let’s get started with setting summer goals!
Once you’ve taken the time to celebrate and acknowledge the growth this past year, talk to your kids about using the summer months to hit some additional milestones.
It certainly doesn’t have to be all academic either! Kids can enjoy extra uninterrupted time to pursue hobbies and passions that sometimes fall by the wayside during the structure of the school year.
And summertime is also prime time for homeschool moms to set some personal goals! Don’t miss this opportunity to model goal-setting for your kids.
Teach them how to set SMART Goals.
You won’t know if you hit your goal if it’s not specific enough.
Don’t just say:
- read books
- learn to play the guitar
- make some money
Instead, create specific goals that might look like:
- read Lord of the Rings
- learn 3 chords on the guitar
- open an eBay Reseller business
Next, you need some way to measure these goals.
- make my first $20 on my business
- read 10 books
- hike 3 trails
- spend 150 hours outside
Here’s where we need to be realistic. You might have the goal to declutter, reorganize, repaint, and redecorate the entire house this summer. I mean, why not?
But this would be totally unrealistic for most of us.
Instead, decide to declutter just the living room. That’s realistic. And make it measurable: donate 3 bags of stuff.
Once you hit one achievable goal, you can always add another.
Teach your kids to do the same. They might want to set a goal to read a dozen books this summer. But maybe you know they will have a hard time hitting that goal – then shoot for 3!
Keep your goals achievable. It’s okay to stretch yourself and your kids a bit, but be careful not to discourage with unrealistic goals!
Make sure that the goal is worthwhile to your child. You can certainly suggest (even strongly) that they have certain summer goals, but the reality is that if you want them to actually succeed in meeting the goals, they need to want it. If the goal is something that they’re invested in, then it’s more likely they’ll follow through.
Have they always wanted to play the guitar? Then setting goals for learning 3 chords is probably relevant.
This characteristic answers the question: when will they accomplish this goal?
Will it be:
- by June 30th
- by the end of summer break
- 8 weeks from today
The urgency of a deadline helps certain personality types. Most kids benefit from a goal due date. Many enjoy the personal competition of seeing if they can beat the self-imposed date. I know I do this to motivate myself!
Summer is a great time to hit some goals as a family. Use the SMART acronym to teach your kids goal-setting skills.
You can find some freebies to help your kids with goal-setting at 4onemore.com
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.