One good way to start off your setting goals for this coming year is to look back and affirm what happened in the last year. I like to use the outline of my website to help me assess and plan for my children’s education: Relationships, Responsibilities, Intrapersonal growth, Talents, Academic. One good way to cover all of life opportunities in your thinking is to look back over your calendar and your photos – look for learning opportunities, times when your children where challenged, look for family projects and outings that put your children in unique situations. Consider all books that your child read or that you read as a family (also consider any documentaries or sermons you may have listened to/watched.) Record all of this as they are all great learning opportunities.
Me: My ‘one little word’ for 2012 is BALANCE. I hope to find balance with all my many responsibilities along with my own personal wellbeing. A few goals that this will directly affect are:
- My eating and exercise
- Managing my discretionary time between writing, scrapbooking, sewing
- More face to face teaching this coming year with Nomi and Daniel which means more planning and prep time
- Writing: Finish one e-book (it’s half-done already!)
- Redecorating Bathroom and my craft/office room
- Continue to improve my reading habits – read whole books, a little bit each day.
- Try new food recipes – to expand my children’s taste buds and our cooking skills.
Joshua: Joshua has graduated from a strictly homeschool focus, though he continues to be broad in his learning approaches. Though he is studying with Open University of Australia, he has planned his studies so he can still work on other studies as well, in particular studies with a biblical perspective in order to balance the secular studies at university. He is also able to participate in family and personal projects which give him exposure to real life while studying. Our key focus areas are:
- Relationships – manners, being wise with online friendships, befriend young adults at church, (there are personal relationship with God goals that I will not record here)
- Responsibilities – business skills, time management, managing time online, organisation skills, cooking (specifically basic home cooked meals)
- Intrapersonal – personal presentation, public speaking, communication (written and verbal), personal fitness
- Academic – University studies, reading list, economics course, business course, math, shorthand, Bible study
Jessica: Jessica has decided to work with homeschooling subjects for another 6 months with the intent of completing certain projects.
- Relationships –, being wise with online friendships, encourage young girls at church, Mainly Music – serving/helping mums and children, (there are personal relationship with God goals that I will not record here)
- Responsibilities – Office skills, cooking (try new recipes and focus on presentation), producing 3 magazine (family ministry),
- Intrapersonal – communication (written and verbal), personal fitness, develop personal style/presentation, public speaking,
- Talents – short course on fonts and InDesign, teaching sewing to young girls, sewing, paper crafts, worship team at church
- Academic – Graphic Design, Music, Reading list, business course, writing/blog, math, science, critical thinking, word roots, Bible study
Nomi: Though Nomi has reached a level of independent study this year will have a lot more face to face teaching subjects with me. Our focus with her academic studies will be on critical thinking in terms of worldview, reading, writing, research and responding which needs her to work with me, not independently.
- Relationships – manners, being wise with online friendships, encouraging young girls at church, establishing quiet time habits, working with children, (there are personal relationship with God goals that I will not record here)
- Responsibilities – increase home-management skills, cooking (specifically home cooked meals)
- Intrapersonal – continue to establish sleeping patterns, personal fitness, public speaking
- Talents – teaching sewing to young girls, art, sewing, paper crafts, drama,
- Academic – Music, reading list, writing/blog, math, science, critical thinking, history, Bible study
Daniel: This year my focus will be to have Nomi and Daniel do a lot of their studies together as I commit to teaching not just giving them independent work. The focus for Daniel will be to stretch his focus ability, his thinking and responding.
- Relationships – manners, being a good friend, (there are personal relationship with God goals that I will not record here)
- Responsibilities – cooking (specifically home cooked meals), vegetable gardening
- Intrapersonal – personal fitness, public speaking,
- Talents – wood work, science experiments, clay-animation,
- Academic – writing, reading, spelling, blog, math, science, critical thinking, history, Bible study
You will notice (if you read through all that!) that there are a few goals that are consistent with more than one person, if not for the whole family. Namely:
- Relationship with God
- Personal fitness
- Public speaking
- Reading list
- Critical thinking
These will be a priority.