I like to sit down at the beginning of the year and write down my goals for each child in each strand/subject. Even if I have a general idea of where everything is going, it helps to craft specific goals that I can assess throughout the year. You can get the goal tracking sheet I use here.
Once I have my goal in mind, I evaluate how we will get there and write specific steps to take. These are things like which books we will use, what activities will build these skills, etc.
Then, I list the materials to prepare that will set us up for success.
Here is how I track and plan for a goal I have for a child in Logic (Math).
Goal: Be able to recall the times tables, squares, and cubes quickly and accurately.
Steps to Take:
1) complete a “math minute” 3 days a week,
2) practice “fast facts” on Splash Math once a week
3) drill flashcards daily
Materials to Prepare:
1) tear out Saxon pages and put in notebook
2) put answer keys (in page protectors) in notebook
3) write down Splash Math log-in at computer desk
4) keep flashcards in basket on the bookshelf
For all the goals I am currently setting, they have a start date of August first and an end date of December 15. I will reevaluate them at the end of September to see if we are on track or if we need to make adjustments.
I may come up with a ton of goals for each child/strand, but I try to list them all out and pick one per child per strand.
If you would like the sheet I created for this goal planning, you can have it emailed to you here.
Print one page for each child, fill it out, and you’re on your way to a successful year!