Ready, Set, Goal: How to Create a Visual Learning Goal Chart
At Kumon, children set realistic goals and reach them with the help of their parents and instructors. Parents can make an appointment to sit down with their children and Kumon Instructor to set achievable goals for the future. When you include your children in the goal-setting process, it allows them to take ownership of their actions and build confidence as they reach their goals.
Kumon believes in the importance of setting goals in the classroom, as well as continuing the process at home.
Here are a few tips on how to create your own visual learning goal chart at home:
1. Define the Word “Goal”
Explain to your children that when someone achieves a goal, it’s the end result of hard work. The word “goal” can be used to describe where you want to get to or what you want to get done. Setting a goal can be planning something you want to be able to do better or understand better.
2. Provide the Language for Goal-Setting
In order for children to understand their goals, they must be taught how to talk about their goals. Try using this formula to help communicate the meaning of goal-setting:
I want to [do this] by [when]. I already know how to [related skills].
Example: I want to learn to ride a bike by the month of June. I already know how to ride a tricycle and a bicycle with training wheels.
3. Create a Visual Learning Goal Chart
Many children are visual learners and find physical tools useful. Try using these easy steps to help your children create their own learning goal board at home:
Things you’ll need:
- Piece of Oak Tag
- Glue stick
- Use your ruler and draw two lines on the oak tag to create four squares.
- Discuss with your children what four specific goals they want to focus on in the upcoming year. (i.e. Completing Level D Math in three months or running a mile in less than nine minutes.)
- Write each of your children’s goals at the top of the square. Allow your children to decorate each square with pictures, words or anything they feel helps visually explain what they want to achieve.
- List two ways you and your children will work together to make that goal a reality.
- Hang the goal chart in your children’s room as a visual reminder of their goals and how they are going to achieve them.
- Revisit the goal chart on a monthly basis to track your children’s progress.
Remember to focus on the positives when setting goals with your children. It’s important for them to see you as a supporter of their goals and dreams for their future endeavors.