Homeschool: Creating Goals & Mission Statements

Using a Unit Lesson style of curriculum, keeping in mind your student’s mission statement will guide the activities and focus objectives.

If you’re a multi-parent household, survey everyone on what they feel the student’s strengths and weaknesses are.  Include the student.  

Goals will include both abstract and concrete concepts. For example, patience and handwriting.

Keep in mind that with homeschool as with any aspect of parenting, be honest with your techniques and motivations, that you’re driving force is not actually a mirror of your own insecurities and attempts to negate your own personal negative past experiences.

I’ve found great benefit in incorporating Montessori and Waldorf schools of thought, in that many alternatives are offered and structured support is available for the child to unfold and develop in their own unique manner.  

GOALS FOR TEGAN 2016-2017

Nice handwriting

Patience & Ability to Work Unsupervised

Grade Level Mathematics

Grade Level Reading Comprehension

Research Skills

Mission Statement:

To celebrate childhood, compliment our individual strengths, and to learn about what is important.

I have three tings to say; My assessment of the goals and mission statement written here, my changed goals and mission statement during the school year, and my goals and mission statement for her going into the next school year.

I am still having her practice her handwriting, and her will to take her time with her penmanship still needs much improvement.  I believe handwriting is important, and I have an old-fashioned belief that handwriting is revealing of a person’s education and character. I would also like for her to practice more with her typing skills.  It comes into extraordinary usefulness to be able to type quickly and accurately.  I would say that the first goal was not met.

Patience, and ability to work unsupervised.  Yes.  That was a hard lesson to teach.  In the beginning, she would stop work instantly if I did not sit immediately beside her.  Later, she would dwindle significantly if unsupervised.  It was only in the last two or three months of the school year that she gained the ability to truly work independently. I’m still pleasantly surprised at the growth.  

Grade level mathematics.  Math was tough at first, because it gave way to instant frustration.  She has now surpassed her grade-level math and is working on the next grade level’s syllabus.

Grade level reading comprehension.  I kid you not, when we began, this kid could not read.  She was literate, of course, and had no problem identifying words, but she scanned everything poorly and had no grasp on comprehension.  If anything was a title, subtitle, or introduction, she would skip it completely.  A lot of article summarization and repetition went into this, but she can now read.

Research Skills.  Honestly, I can’t assess this.  She was given a few projects but at the time it was easier to provide her the resources.  I will test again to identify her strengths and areas to improve.  

Mission Statement:

To celebrate childhood, compliment our individual strengths, and to learn about what is important.

I loved the celebration of childhood that homeschooling provided the opportunity for.  Having her with us for her studies gave the family a lot of time to spend together and to celebrate her accomplishments.  We were also afforded the opportunity to partake in handfuls of extracurricular and field trips that have further enriched her own experiences of childhood, and added colorful threads to the fabric of our family home.

Complimenting our individual strengths!  It was a battle to reach this point, because in order to understand and be understood, we first had to elbow our way through miscommunication, misunderstanding, frustration, and tempers to communicate and empathize, often with the mediation of Chase.  Working quickly through our biases to understand and nurture our children is one of the most wonderful responsibilities as parents.  Also one of the most consistently-challenging, as our children are constantly growing and we are ever-confronted with new stages of development and life experience.

To learn about what is important.  This sounds very heartfelt and emotional, but what I meant was meeting the core-requirements of the state of California, in an interesting way that made the best use of our time.

Mid-Year Revised Goals

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Correct Handwriting
  • Correct Answers
  • Not having to be told a thousand times to stay on task.

Mission Statement

To buffer myself from frustration and aggravation that is surely sapping me of my remaining youth, to stay organized with well-developed lesson plans, and to get this kid to just finish a freaking lesson without seeking out every possible shortcut and diversion.

#Truth

 

Sixth Grade Goals

Tegan is going to a charter school for middle school, she is super excited for the changing classes (and lockers!) and the social life that comes along with it.  She has been dreaming of this experience, and I loved middle school, despite how trashy it was. Even though as an adult I look upon the general public middle school system as a complete squandering of resource and potential (and still trashy.) I knew I was going to “allow” her to go to middle school, but was even happier when a reputable charter school opened a new location in our city.  Now I can be without worry, knowing she is in good hands.  This also gives me the opportunity to work in a much larger capacity outside of the home.

I would like to encourage her to invest in her organization of her responsibilities, and in making her final product high-quality.  She needs to not regard her responsibilities as a burden under which she must slog through, but as tasks to be respectfully and efficiently completed.

Tegan’s Goals

Straight A’s and B’s, or A+’s
All good behavior
Grade level math and history
Learn chemistry
Organized schedule for work – doing it right when I get home.
Read a lot – get better at reading.
Musical and Art
Get to my fullest – trying to learn all I can learn about it. Dedicating time each week to those specific topics.
Her Dad’s goals for her:
develop a stronger aptitude for literature, figuring out what she focuses on and wants to read.  learn her best learning style and to grow in that effort – how does she learn? does she know how she learns best?  figuring that out and then practicing to make that more efficient. 
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