2018 is at the corner and we are all gearing for New Year celebrations. It is a time for rejoicing, retrospection and resolutions. At this juncture, shouldn’t we look at setting new educational goals for the New Year for our kids? LetsPractise is one site which gives ample inputs to help in this task.
New Educational Goals for the New Year
Every year is new. So how is this year going to be different? Let us make it so by setting some educational goals for our kids.
Review the past year
First, sit with your child and review the past year. What were achievements and challenges faced by him? What new things he learnt? This will help you gain an insight into your child’s interests, passions, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses. This retrospection is a must to set new educational goals for the New Year.
Decide top educational priorities and set goals
Ask your child what his impending school year entails. How many exams does he have to face? What other activities he would like to engage in? Which subject he is weak in? Where and how he needs help? Then make a list of the top educational priorities along with some scope for his hobbies or interests. Now set well-defined concrete goals like
1. Improving grade in Math.
2.Concentrating on Science.
3.Spending some time on Extra Reading.
4.Increasing Vocabulary etc.
5.Check whether the goal is realistic
Fixing goals may be easy for you as a parent. But you must also take into account the child’s difficulties and limitations. Asking a dyslexic student to score full marks each time in his exam is one such example of an unrealistic goal.
Discuss with your child frankly about the possibility of achieving the goal, ask him about what help he needs to do so and how his difficulties can be overcome. Fix realistic goals which your kid has every chance of achieving. This gives him the satisfaction and appreciation he deserves.
6. Fix deadlines for each goal
Goals which are not time-bound are simply useless as they are seldom achieved. For goals to be successfully realized, bind them to a comfortable timeframe after a thorough discussion with your kid.
7.Assign rewards for achieved goals
Rewarding your kid is the right way to motivate, appreciate and honour his achievement of a goal. Children feel motivated to perform when they have a reward to look forward to. Make the reward heartwarming and special. This will make your child get used to the habit of setting targets and accomplishing them.
8.Conduct periodical reviews
Every process needs monitoring to achieve efficiency. Track your child’s progress by conducting weekly or monthly reviews. This will act as an eye-opener for both you and him. your child will now self-analyze and understand how close or far he is from achieving his goals. Suggest changes that will help your kid achieve his goal easily.
What New Educational Goals for the New Year?
School is all about books, exams, timetables and deadlines. Let us not make your child an ‘automated reading robot’. Try to focus on outlining some unique and new Educational Goals for the New Year like:
- Trying a hand at a Spelling Bee contest or a Math Olympiad
- Bicycling everyday
- Trekking or Swimming once a week
- Learning an art form like Bharatanatyam, violin, oil painting, sculpture etc.
- Mastering a craft like pottery, carpentry, textile designing etc.
- Allotting some time for working out practice papers every day.
- Learning robotics or animation.
- Getting inputs on operating some accounting software.
Goals like these which intermix both scholastic and extracurricular activities with a dash of personality development training form an interesting package for the child to handle. Try to work hand-in-hand with your child to help him/her work towards achieving these New Educational Goals for the New Year.
Be a partner in progress for your child by leading him on a path of change and development this coming year. More inputs on practised learning are available at LetsPractise Website where you can get abundant information on the educational development of your child.