Here is how-to: personal Goals Review for homeschool high school.
How-to: Personal “Goals Review” for Homeschool High School
I am excited and wary when I see the end of the school year coming:
- Yay! We are almost done with the academics and even some extracurriculars!
- Did we do enough?
- Were my teens growing personally and academically?
- Have we met our goals?
- Can we hold out until the end of the year?
If you are like me of the things that helps to stay the course to check up on our progress.
So here is a how-to: personal “Goals Review” for homeschool high school
As you know, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school. However, when we do good planning and then check up on our goals/progress, we all feel much more confident about the awesome homeschooling that is happening.
Step 1: Ask yourself: “When I planned for this school year, what did I want to see in the big-picture changed and strengthened in my teen by year-end?”
When setting your yearly goals, you probably wanted to see some growth or change in the big-picture with academics or personal growth for your teens. For instance: Did you want see your teens do more:
- Independent learning?
- Learning a new style research paper?
- Engaging in Science better?
- Better time management?
- Take an online course?
- Ability to set SMART goals?
If you wrote those goals down, you will be excited to see the progress. However, even if you did not get the chance to write them down before, literally write them down now: Goal…Progress on the goal.
BTW- This post on goal-setting will help you do this more thoroughly before next year begins.
Step 2: Check personal-growth goals.
- What character growth goals did you set for this year?
- What spiritual growth goals did you set?
Ask yourself: How are your homeschool high schoolers’ progressing? Continue to write down successes to celebrate and note areas to work on.
However, while you do write your progress, please be gracious. It is not unusual to have unexpected interruptions or opportunities that disrupted the goals progress. That is okay! As we always say:
A mom’s mind plans her way, but God directs her path.
So, note the interruptions and changes. If you need to, recalibrate your goals for the second semester.
Step 3: Check core classes. Did your teens meet or exceed state requirements for core classes:
How are the academics going at this point?
- English/Language Arts
- Social Studies (for instance: 7Sisters’ History and Philosophy of the Western World)
- World Languages
What are your state requirements? Write down areas were you and your teens are pleased with their progress. Jot down areas to work on. You can concentrate on these “work on” areas until the end of the year.
Step 4: Check non-core classes and electives. Did your teens meet or exceed state requirements for non-core courses:
Non-core courses and electives can be as important as core courses for your homeschool high schoolers. These courses develop interests, strengths and help teens explore possible careers in the future.
This year are you working on these courses?
- Physical Education/Fitness
- Fine Arts
- Career Exploration (for instance, 7Sisters’ Career Exploration textbook)
- Other Electives
What are your state requirements? Write down areas were you and your teens are pleased with their progress. Write down areas to work on. You can concentrate on these “work on” areas until the end of the year.
Step 5: What practical life skills goals have you teens met? These may include:
- Financial Literacy (for instance, 7Sisters’ Financial Literacy)
- Home Maintenance
- Home Economics
- Life Skills
- Drivers Ed
How are your homeschool high schoolers’ progressing? Write down successes to celebrate and note areas to work on.
Step 6: Make sure you and your teens note the successes. Praise God for the good things!
Make a individual appointments with your homeschool high schoolers. Review their goals and progress together. Get their feedback and include their ideas for the next semester.
Step 7: Make short-term goals for catching up on any areas that need improvement.
Write down the goals along with expected dates for accomplishment of those goals. Here is more advice for making adjustments to your homeschool year.
It is great near the end of the year to have a check-in on goals for the year. You can also re-calibrate if goals haven’t been met.
Click here to read more about goal-setting.