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 Does your state require a list of objectives for the upcoming school year?

Do you keep them very broad so that you don't need to write new ones each year?  Or do you make them very specific to help you with test writing?

If your state doesn't require objectives do you still write some just to keep you on track?  Or do you simply follow your kids' interests?

by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 7:35 AM
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bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:31 AM

 Thanks!  I put it on my wish list! :-)

Can you give some examples of your 7 daily goals for moms interested in writing goals with their kids?

Quoting jen2150:

If they are interested in the body I recommend the Way we work. It is beyond excellent.
Quoting bluerooffarm:

 They are really all over the board with their science interests.  They asked to go more in depth with body processes, they want to keep a weather chart this year and see where we really stack up, they want to do the night sky during our August campouts, they asked about caves and what different kinds there are and what kinds of rocks make them, and they want to know about the classifications of animals (why are chickens related to hawks and owls but not really related to goats that closely.)  So yeah, all over the place! LOL

Quoting jen2150:

That is great. One of the things I love about homeschooling is how parents and children are working together towards a common goal. I love hearing their input and suggestions. What are their favorite areas of science?
Quoting bluerooffarm:

 

Quoting jen2150:

My state does not require any objectives. My only objectives for my children are for them to love books, reading, maintain imagination and creativity, and to never lose their love of learning. I follow their interests in all things and trust they will be ready to learn certain things when the time is right. I do like having us write down 7 daily goals. I take karate with my sons so we are big goal setters. Have you ever thought of your children coming up with their own objectives in addition to your own?

 They help me create the objectives at the beginning of each week.  Plus they helped me come up with the science units we'll be covering next year.


 


 

jen2150
by Silver Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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We each write our own. I have a big white board on the wall that we write them on. I make sure my goals are varied. I usually have a couple goals that geared toward organization, fitness, personal goals, relationships, and education. Every month I have life skill we are working on. This month is creativity. I usually try and find a quote to remind us and write above our goals. Here is an example 1. work on the couch to 5K program and my splits. 2. Practice universal 2(karate forms) 3. Sell my chicken eggs at the farmer's market 4. start on my book organization project 5. Read and start on a new book 6. Play a game with my children 7. Surprise my husband with a special remark or deed.
Quoting bluerooffarm:

 Thanks!  I put it on my wish list! :-)

Can you give some examples of your 7 daily goals for moms interested in writing goals with their kids?

Quoting jen2150:

If they are interested in the body I recommend the Way we work. It is beyond excellent.
Quoting bluerooffarm:

 They are really all over the board with their science interests.  They asked to go more in depth with body processes, they want to keep a weather chart this year and see where we really stack up, they want to do the night sky during our August campouts, they asked about caves and what different kinds there are and what kinds of rocks make them, and they want to know about the classifications of animals (why are chickens related to hawks and owls but not really related to goats that closely.)  So yeah, all over the place! LOL

Quoting jen2150:

That is great. One of the things I love about homeschooling is how parents and children are working together towards a common goal. I love hearing their input and suggestions. What are their favorite areas of science?
Quoting bluerooffarm:

 

Quoting jen2150:

My state does not require any objectives. My only objectives for my children are for them to love books, reading, maintain imagination and creativity, and to never lose their love of learning. I follow their interests in all things and trust they will be ready to learn certain things when the time is right. I do like having us write down 7 daily goals. I take karate with my sons so we are big goal setters. Have you ever thought of your children coming up with their own objectives in addition to your own?

 They help me create the objectives at the beginning of each week.  Plus they helped me come up with the science units we'll be covering next year.


 


 


kmath
by Silver Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM
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Thanks for the tips!  I can use all the help I can get.  :)


Quoting bluerooffarm:

 

Quoting kmath:

My state doesn't require them, but I will probably write some up with help from DS.  I think if we don't have some specific goals we won't get stuff done.  I doubt I will do weekly goals, but maybe monthly and then overall for the year.  This will be our first year so we will see how it goes.  I already have a list a mile long from him on stuff he wants to learn about.  Let's see if I can get the same kind of list for goals.   :)

 At the beginning you model goals.  Like : This week let's aim for reading 20 minutes every day.  And let's try to find out the difference between an alligator and a crocodile.

Once they see how to make goals they'll jump on board.  We usually have a nice long list every week.  But at the beginning it was tough because they were used to public school where they had no say.



Rust.n.Gears
by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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We are not required too have them and don't use them.
bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM

 Those are great!!

Quoting jen2150:

We each write our own. I have a big white board on the wall that we write them on. I make sure my goals are varied. I usually have a couple goals that geared toward organization, fitness, personal goals, relationships, and education. Every month I have life skill we are working on. This month is creativity. I usually try and find a quote to remind us and write above our goals. Here is an example 1. work on the couch to 5K program and my splits. 2. Practice universal 2(karate forms) 3. Sell my chicken eggs at the farmer's market 4. start on my book organization project 5. Read and start on a new book 6. Play a game with my children 7. Surprise my husband with a special remark or deed.
Quoting bluerooffarm:

 Thanks!  I put it on my wish list! :-)

Can you give some examples of your 7 daily goals for moms interested in writing goals with their kids?

Quoting jen2150:

If they are interested in the body I recommend the Way we work. It is beyond excellent.
Quoting bluerooffarm:

 They are really all over the board with their science interests.  They asked to go more in depth with body processes, they want to keep a weather chart this year and see where we really stack up, they want to do the night sky during our August campouts, they asked about caves and what different kinds there are and what kinds of rocks make them, and they want to know about the classifications of animals (why are chickens related to hawks and owls but not really related to goats that closely.)  So yeah, all over the place! LOL

Quoting jen2150:

That is great. One of the things I love about homeschooling is how parents and children are working together towards a common goal. I love hearing their input and suggestions. What are their favorite areas of science?
Quoting bluerooffarm:

 

Quoting jen2150:

My state does not require any objectives. My only objectives for my children are for them to love books, reading, maintain imagination and creativity, and to never lose their love of learning. I follow their interests in all things and trust they will be ready to learn certain things when the time is right. I do like having us write down 7 daily goals. I take karate with my sons so we are big goal setters. Have you ever thought of your children coming up with their own objectives in addition to your own?

 They help me create the objectives at the beginning of each week.  Plus they helped me come up with the science units we'll be covering next year.


 


 


 

Momof697
by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM

My state does not require them. But I wrote goals for our homeschool a couple years ago. and I still hold to those.

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

 

Quoting Momof697:

My state does not require them. But I wrote goals for our homeschool a couple years ago. and I still hold to those.

 I would guess they are broad and general.  Could you give a few example for our newbies?

TidewaterClan
by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM

 I bought the teacher's editions of our math, science, social studies, etc., because I like all the extra activities and how they help map out the year for us.  I'll use the goals they list for each unit on our weekly to do list.

My own goals for my daughter include being comfortable trying new types of math problems on her own, ensuring she sticks with one topic when writing stories, and becoming more fluent when reading out loud.

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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Quoting TidewaterClan:

 I bought the teacher's editions of our math, science, social studies, etc., because I like all the extra activities and how they help map out the year for us.  I'll use the goals they list for each unit on our weekly to do list.

My own goals for my daughter include being comfortable trying new types of math problems on her own, ensuring she sticks with one topic when writing stories, and becoming more fluent when reading out loud.

 Those are some great goals.  My oldest needs to work on his fluency a bit, too :-)

TidewaterClan
by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM
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Quoting bluerooffarm:

 

Quoting TidewaterClan:

 I bought the teacher's editions of our math, science, social studies, etc., because I like all the extra activities and how they help map out the year for us.  I'll use the goals they list for each unit on our weekly to do list.

My own goals for my daughter include being comfortable trying new types of math problems on her own, ensuring she sticks with one topic when writing stories, and becoming more fluent when reading out loud.

 Those are some great goals.  My oldest needs to work on his fluency a bit, too :-)

 One thing they do at our library is a dog-reading time.  Children sign up to read to a therapy dog.  My girlfriend said it really helped her son because he wasn't nervous like he would have been with a person.  I tried it with both of my girls at home (my oldest wants to stay in ps).  It helped them tremendously because they just relaxed and enjoyed reading to our dogs who laid there like slugs.  :)

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