One Goal One Term Strategy (Part 2)
‘Why set goals for children?’ you may ask. However, we would ask you, WHY NOT? Feeling in control is an important part of feeling happy and confident and when accomplished, it is a great feeling irrespective of your age. Regular and supported goal setting with your children can make them feel valued that their ideas are important and that they are in control of their own behaviour to achieve their ONE Goal no matter how small. Just imagine how they will feel after achieving that ONE goal, task or activity and how you will feel for them, PROUD we suppose. This is a great confidence booster and gives them a sense of achievement. You can read our last blog on One Goal One Term Strategy.
How do you go about setting this goal?
– Write it down: Have a chat with your child on what they think they need to know, or get better at. Let them come up with what they think they have to do to improve or what they would like to achieve this term. Remember it is a termly target i.e. 3 months; it is easier to achieve this over a period of time than an unrealistic timeframe that could discourage or overwhelm your child. For example they can say ‘I want to improve my grade in Maths’, an objective that go along with this can be ‘to learn my 6-12 times tables in the next 2 weeks’.
– Make it specific and realistic: A realistic and specific objective the goal ‘I want to improve my grade in Maths’ is to learn the times table in the first 2 weeks of term and once mastered, learn what prime factors are in the subsequent 2 weeks that follow. An unrealistic objective could be to try to learn prime factors before learning their times tables. One was to achieve their objectives, is doing things daily when in the car during school run or when walking to school. Utilise every opportunity that you currently have to chip in fun learning. Let your child know you are there to support them.
– Let them think and talk about what may get in the way of achieving their goal before starting. Their response to this may go something like this ‘When I get above 75% in my maths test, I will be very proud of myself however I like to watch TV during the week – doing this will affect the time I have to revise for maths’. This approach will reduce the bickering and give your child a sense of responsibility and ownership of working towards their goal and make them aware ahead of time the commitment involved.
– Put a daily routine in place together: This is the daily and weekly activities that your child has to complete to achieve their goal. Examples include attending Saturday School Maths lesson, completing their set homework during the week or use Mymaths, do this 45 minute two to three times a week. This can be written on a reward chat/goal chat, stuck on their wardrobe, room door or anywhere they can see it daily and be reminded. (See a copy crafted for my daughter)
– Time Bound: When do you want to achieve it by? ‘Someday’ is not a day of the week. Having a target time frame trains the mind to do something and not procrastinate. Remember we have a term i.e. 3 months to achieve our One Goal
– Monitor progress, encourage and applaud every effort no matter how small. Be their biggest cheer leader and take time to celebrate each success.
The above can be used in any area of life. Although “Rome was not built in a day”, consistent effort and taking action daily will get them closer to achieving their target.
“Tomorrow’s success is in the actions or activities taken today”
Let us know how you get on as you set that One Goal, the necessary objectives and daily task with your child. If you would want to discuss further on how we can support your child achieve their One Goal this term, book a chat with me or with one of my team using this link: calendly.com/clarssroom/parentsupport