The importance of goals in homeschooling cannot be overestimated. If you have no goals, you don’t know where you are going. It’s important to have long-term as well as short-term goals. What do you want your children to accomplish before they leave home at age 18? A goals list for each subject area will help you do long-range planning, and it can help you eliminate busywork in your homeschool that does not contribute to your goals. Short-range goals might include what you want your child to accomplish in any given year. I have included a list of the long-range goals that I have for my own children. I hope it is helpful as you formulate your own goals.
- Understand the Gospel and be saved.
- Learn obedience and self-control.
- Grow in their knowledge and love of Christ.
- Have a vivid knowledge of Bible stories.
- Be able to take notes and learn during a sermon.
- Learn the great hymns of the faith.
- Learn how to use Bible concordance, atlas, dictionary, handbook.
- Understand and experience Jewish traditions and holidays.
- Memorize Scripture and the books of the Bible.
- Be able to do quick mental math (add, subtract, multiply, and divide).
- Have good estimation skills and practical math.
- Have financial savvy; budgeting and business skills.
- Be able to do math up through calculus, if needed for future job.
- Be able to read fluently with understanding.
- Write effectively and vividly in all forms of writing.
- Give a speech presentation effectively.
- Be exposed to drama and theater.
- Have sharp listening skills and reasoning skills.
- Understand basic logic and have critical thinking skills.
- Read and discuss a wide range of classical literature.
- Have thorough knowledge and appreciation of God’s creation.
- Understand scientific principles including chemistry and physics.
- Have earth science and biology knowledge.
- Exposure to evolution vs. creation science. Able to logically defend the faith.
- Know the states and capitals, and locate states.
- Know the location of all countries on earth.
- Be exposed to travel in other states and countries.
- Understand the flow of history and when major events took place; vividly picture all major time periods.
- Understand the “why” behind major events. See God’s hand in His dealings with mankind.
- Exposure to Hebrew and Greek.
- Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Spanish.
- Have basic drawing skills, painting, and crafting skills.
- Have knowledge of great works of art and artists from history.
- Exposure to art museums.
- Knowledge of great classical composers and music.
- Carry a beat (clapping).
- Exposure to symphony, jazz festivals, etc.
- Sing on key and possibly harmonize.
- Learn how to read basic music notes (piano).
- Take instrument lessons if interested.
- Learn about healthy nutrition and exercise.
- Learn how to swim, or at least tread water.
- Exposure to sports and other physical activities.
- Learn about the digestive system, skeletal system, muscular system, respiratory system, etc.