“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now” Alan Lakein
Homeschoolers, just like everyone else in the world, can fall into the habit of “letting things come as they may” in terms of schooling their children. While this can be an exciting mode of letting the world be your classroom, for many, it can soon become a stressful experience in which the family feels disjointed, overwhelmed and frustrated. Parents may have a gnawing sense that they are failing their children if they don’t have a tangible list of accomplishments to show inquiring family members.
Most people make numerous little goals throughout the day, but we encounter obstacles when considering how to make a realistic plan for larger projects. Beverly Hamilton lists many of the common excuses that are used for not setting goals in her article If you Fail to Plan You Plan to Fail.
When you take on the role of homeschooler, you are accepting responsibility for preparing your child for life–academically, socially, spiritually, vocationally, relationally–for starters. With so many hats to wear, it becomes very important to understand how to set goals and implement the steps to accomplishing them. A second element is to know how you know that you really have made it happen and have gotten to the end of that task.
Summer is a fabulous time for slowing down and taking a look at the homeschooling journey–assessing where you have been, where are you now, and where do you want to go? Holly Craw Home Education Services is offering a workshop designed to walk you through the goal setting process by looking at SMART goals which means those that are:
- Time delineated
Tied in with this process is record keeping as a means of documenting the journey. (A goal is a destination, and records are the maps that show how you traveled.)
If you are looking for some solid, practical information for destressing about a path that doesn’t seem fruitful, and you would like to make the best use of your time, this workshop is for you.
Goal Setting and Record Keeping:
Making a Roadmap and Documenting the Journey
Location: Covenant Homeschool Resource Center
1117 E. Devonshire Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Time: Wednesday June 30 from 11:15-1:45 and includes lunch and Q and A first.
Cost per session: $20 includes: (Add a spouse or teen for $10 each)
Registration deadline: Monday, June 28 (Pre-registration is required so materials are on hand for you.) Sign up now to reserve your spot!
SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR ANY TWO OR MORE PEOPLE REGISTERING TOGETHER
(or one person signing up for two or more workshops)
*******TOTAL COST PER PERSON: $12.50, includes lunch and all the items below.******
Register online now for the discount.
- Lunch and Q and A session
- All materials, forms, worksheets, templates provided in Word files via email for your use in customizing to meet your needs
- A Resource List on Word via email with active links for ease of checking out the websites
- The benefit of hours of research compiled for you in an easy to use format (saving you incredible amounts of time)
- Interaction with other homeschool parents who have similar questions and information needs
- Entry into a door prize drawing (Bring a friend and you each get an additional entry)
- Homeschool Goodie Bag
Don’t forget that your teens and pre-teens should be taking an active part in their education. There is much that they can learn in this session as well.
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