Personal Development

Setting Intentions with Homeschoolers Can Inspire Learning

by Therusticfive-

Last Sunday we talked about setting goals with your children, so this week I want to talk to you about setting intentions with homeschoolers.

Setting Intentions with Homeschoolers
According to Webster’s Dictionary…

Goals: the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
Intentions: a thing intended; an aim or plan.

Some people use the words goals and intentions interchangeably, but to me they are very different and distinct words. Both are crucial to our developments in my opinion.

“Goals focus on a fixed outcome in the future, while intentions focus on the present and provide the guiding light to living mindfully moment-to-moment.” –

Goals to me are specific, measurable, and attainable within a specified time-line. For example, I will read 2 books before January 31st.

Intentions, however, are completely different. These are things we want to guide our life… our purpose. There are no set time limits, just ways we intentionally want to live our life. Think of these of what you want your desired life to be like.

Setting intentions with homeschoolers is just as important as their yearly goals. Children can have a “homeschooled” life that they desire or ways they want to live their lives more intentionally if we show them how.

Still not sure on the difference or just need some ideas?

Here are some examples…

  • I intend to try new things.
  • I intend to read more.
  • I intend to engage with my friends more face to face.
  • I intend to do more for the planet.
  • I intend to volunteer.
  • I intend to explore more about animals.
  • I intend to write every day.

These are just a few examples of some intentions.

Be sure the intentions are Child-led, but will be more adult guided at the beginning until children learn how to set their own intentions.   Don’t expect any child regardless of their age to do this independently the first several times. Help them and guide them, but be open to what their true intentions are…. not what YOU want them to be.

Setting intentions with homeschoolers can inspire them to be life long learners and better people in general.


Did you set intentions with your homeschooler? What are some examples of their intentions?

Setting Intentions With Homeschoolers Can Inspire Learning

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I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.

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  1. Miri

    I love this idea of passing on intentionality.

    09 . 01 . 2017
  2. Esther

    I love this lesson of distinguishing intentions from goals! I think we focus so much on achieving goals that are measurable to focusing on creativity and progress.

    09 . 01 . 2017
  3. Heidi Ciravola

    It definitely helps to have the kids involved in this as well as goal setting. They are more likely to be inspired and driven if they have a say in what they are doing.

    09 . 01 . 2017
  4. ammers33

    I’ve always loved goals over resolutions, but never really thought about goals vs. intentions

    09 . 01 . 2017
  5. Savannah (@HowHesRaised)

    This is so awesome!! Many adults are not intentional in their actions, and I love how you emphasize that it can be taught to children. Thanks so much for sharing <3

    09 . 01 . 2017
  6. theforeverteacher

    As a former teacher….. I agree with you 100%!!! Every few weeks the kids would set their own intentions for themselves! I saw them push themselves to meet them! You are so right… it needs to be child led!

    09 . 01 . 2017
  7. Justine Y @ Little Dove

    I love this. I had never given much thought before about the difference between goals and intentions. A big intention for my first grader this year is to read more. A goal would be for him to grow to love reading, but I think to achieve that goal we need to read to him more and encourage him more.

    09 . 01 . 2017
  8. Mandy

    This Is a great lesson for any child – homeschooled or not! Thanks for sharing

    10 . 01 . 2017
  9. nourishingmyscholar

    I love moving with intention while also having a set of goals in mind. I hadn’t thought to do that with our homeschoolers. Thank you!

    10 . 01 . 2017

    This is such a great concept to teach children early on. It really does help them to create an image of the type of life they want to lead and the type of people they hope to be as they pursue their goals and dreams. Thanks for sharing!

    10 . 01 . 2017

    Setting intentions with homeschoolers, is such a great Idea,for every children.
    These is great lessons, Thank for sharing!

    10 . 01 . 2017
  12. Meagan

    This is a great idea. We have worked on goal setting but now there is a new facet to that.

    10 . 01 . 2017
  13. Therusticfive

    Yes it is!

    10 . 01 . 2017
  14. Five for the Road

    I love this idea of saying “I intend” instead of a random goal. It gives you so much more ownership and accountability.

    10 . 01 . 2017
  15. Stormie

    I love the ideas of setting intentions as goals can become overwhelming. My current goal is to read 12 books this year but I like the idea of just saying, I intend to finish one book my January 31st and so on every month.

    10 . 01 . 2017
  16. Chelsea

    Intentions vs. goals. Such a great distinction.

    11 . 01 . 2017
  17. everydaywithbay

    this is so inspiring! Homeschooling takes such passion!

    11 . 01 . 2017
  18. Anna nuttall

    This very helpful and homeschooling take a lot of energy and passion. xx

    11 . 01 . 2017

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