Every year we start off with good intentions. Sometimes we even start off with goals. Really that’s all goals are—good intentions with specific ideas attached. This last year I really didn’t set any goals. We just went with the flow. This year, I do see the need to keep some goals in mind as I plan.
Having kids with some special needs, we were accustomed to focusing on goals… small ones mostly… but goals nonetheless. D1 lived on an IEP while he was in public school, which is loaded with goals and evaluation scores. Both boys attend therapies weekly, where meeting goals are the whole point of things. Goals are good. They help give our journey a destination.
Some of mine for this school year are:
Work on reading comprehension with both boys. They both need sharpening in this area. Have them read out loud every single day.
Focus on phonics with D2. He’s still struggling with word attack skills. He’s the only one of 5 who has had trouble with reading. He can read, he just isn’t very bold when it comes to trying new words (or even words he’s read before sometimes) and reads slowly.
Create a planner for myself that has everything I need in it.
Get back to Scripture memorization with the boys. Choose and tackle a challenging piece.
Pay attention to the opportunities for learning that pop up and disappear again quickly. Take advantage of those whenever possible.
Get—and stay—organized. Separate out and put away the curriculum and books we aren’t using, and keep what we ARE using on the shelves. Hopefully this will keep me from misplacing things!
Do science. It may sound basic, but we didn’t do a whole lot of science this past year. Lots of garden science but we didn’t follow a curriculum. We need to put it back in the planner and DO IT.
Feed their hearts and minds, pray for and with them, and seek opportunities to teach them to serve others.