'Tis the season for creating New Year's Resolutions. The key to attaining our goals is to keep them manageable and creating goals that are reasonable. This is the perfect time of the year to reflect with your child/ren to help them reflect on all that has been accomplished thus far this school year and help to guide goal setting for the remaining six months. Help your child pick one area of focus along with benchmarks towards attaining the goal. Write it down. Hang it on the refrigerator. Revisit it regularly with your child. Have your child check off the benchmark goals as they are accomplished and celebrate when the goal has been met.
I started this with my daughter. We'll print and hang ours and revisit it throughout the year along with our Bucket List. It's not perfect but it's a start. She came up with the following New Year's Resolution:
"I want to be a better reader."
Visit the public library once a month. _Jan _Feb _March _April _May _June
Read at home 20 min every night. (checklist for teacher)
Write a story at home in my journal every week.
Having your child take ownership of their progress is the key to building lifelong learning skills.