{Back to Homeschool} School Year Goals

I try to sit down and write out some school year goals for myself and for my kids.  It helps me stay on track.  It also helps me stay focused during the year and feel less overwhelmed.  There are some goals that are not achieved in a school year and there are many other goals that I think of in the middle of the year.  Some of my goals are more about character and personal development and others are purely academic.  My list is not exhaustive.  It’s just a starting point for me to help me begin my year and be mindful of our progress.

Here is my list of goals for our upcoming 2014 school year:

Our School
Plan 1 new field trip each month
Make Bible time, praise and worship, and Bible memory work a daily priority
Focus on one character trait and key verse with each child
Complete one group Bible project per semester

Read 1 new book per month
Complete 1 Bible study per semester
Learn one Bible passage per month
Write weekly goals each week
Exercise 4 days per week

Curly – 3rd Grade
Learn to use an encyclopedia to write short reports
Use a dictionary and create a vocabulary notebook of new words in read alouds
Give 1 oral report per semester
Learn to write letters, essays, reports, poems, and short narratives
Learn to write in paragraphs
Practice editing and revising a draft
Learn synonym, antonym, homophone, and homograph
Learn literary terms – alliteration, simile, metaphor, and onomatopoeia
Learn about the types of verb tenses
Write all letters in cursive and use cursive daily
Know all major rivers and mountain ranges of the world
Locate famous landmarks in each major country
Master multi-digit multiplication
Learn division
Understand perfect squares and square roots
Learn to graph results
Learn to plot points on a grid
Understand the order of operations
Learn how to find circumference and diameter
Read 4 biographies of famous scientists
Learn the steps of the scientific method
Learn all major constellations
Learn the difference between rocks and minerals
Learn the types of rocks and layers of the earth
Understand the states of matter
Learn that all matter is made of atoms and learn the parts of an atom
Be able to locate elements on the periodic table of the elements
Memorize the first half of the list of presidents
Learn the branches of government
Learn about all major documents in America’s early history – Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Preamble to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Emancipation Proclamation
Name the 13 colonies of America
Practice self-control and learn James 1:19-20

Tiger – 1st Grade
Be able to narrate and summarize a short passage from literature
Learn capitalization and basic punctuation rules (period, comma, question mark, exclamation point)
Learn to alphabetize words
Be able to write all letters in cursive
Learn to identify nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs
Master addition and subtraction facts to 10
Learn the commutative property of addition
Learn greater than, less than, and equal to
Understand fractions of 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4
Be able to skip count by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, and 10’s
Learn to read a compass rose and name the directions
Locate all continents
Know the meaning behind all major holidays
Name all planets and know the characteristics of each
Know the layers of the earth
Know the types of rocks
Practice faithfulness and learn Colossians 3:23-24

Bee – Kindergarten
Learn sounds for all letters
Be able to write all letters
Learn simple addition 1-10
Count to 100
Identify money – coins and bills
Be able to answer simple comprehension questions from our read alouds
Be able to identify famous people in American history such as Christopher Columbus, Pocahontas, George Washington, Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.
Learn the meaning behind American symbols such as the flag, bald eagle, Pledge of Allegiance, Star Spangled Banner, White House, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Mount Rushmore.
Practice peace and learn Isaiah 26:3

Ladybug – Preschool
Learn all letters
Practice writing letters on white boards
Learn rhyming words
Count to 20
Recognize the numbers 1-10
Practice doing mazes and dot-to-dot activities
Practice patience and learn Psalm 37:7

Punkin – Totschool
Learn colors
Learn shapes
Count to 10
Learn names and sounds of farm and zoo animals
Read daily with me

Do you set goals for your school year?  What’s on your list for this new year?
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6 thoughts on “{Back to Homeschool} School Year Goals

  1. This is such a good idea… I like that you are this organized… many of my goals are there… but are in thought, not paper. Thank you for sharing your list… it is very inspiring. 🙂

  2. You're welcome! I hope that by writing out my goals I can have a way to gauge our success at the end of the school year. My kids are too young to focus on grades or worry much about learning to take tests. So when we've completed the goals I've set, I will feel a sense of accomplishment and know that we've done well this year.

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