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There are some educators, parents, and bloggers who feel technology is harmful for our kids and they should only have access to open-ended toys. I, however, believe that our children need a realistic harmony of both technology and open-ended play.

Technology and play balance is beneficial

Here’s why….

Today’s economy is much different than it was 20 years ago and it will be drastically different 20 years from now. Technology is changing almost every aspect of our lives and it will continue to do so. In fact, 65% of our children will land jobs that have yet to be created (success performance resolutions).

While open-ended play is amazing and I’m a huge advocate for free play and kid-powered toys, I think we are doing a disservice to our children if we don’t teach them how to use technology. Technology will ultimately be apart of their life forever.

Technology as a Tool

I’m not advocating for screens to be used simply as a means of distraction, escapism, or as a “babysitter”. What I am advocating for is a healthy balance of technology as a tool. Technology is a great way to help them create, locate information, think critically about information, learn to do something new, solve a problem, and/or find their voice.

Don’t Forget The Play

I am a strong advocate for children to have time to be children and just play. There are so many benefits of children playing freely especially when that time occurs outside in nature. Children learn to create, use their imaginations, develop crucial skills like fine motor, problem solving, and collaboration skills just from unstructured, free play.

It’s worth mentioning that I’m not talking about adult-led play or play opportunities that have to meet certain objectives. Adults can invite children to join them in what I call explorations like Play Dough, painting, or other similar explorations. The key is keeping it child-led and allowing them to create their own play within the exploration. The main thing is keeping the play unstructured. This will help encourage kids to use their own imaginations.

When Technology and Play Come Together

When both play and technology come to together in harmony for a well-rounded balance, it can really boost children’s skills and passions. It gives them even more opportunities with different mediums to create, helps them develop problem solving skills, collaborate with other children both in person and from around the world which means even more access to children who are different from them, and boosts communication skills along with language/vocabulary. Children are also preparing themselves for a successful career. They are also learning how to be a contributing citizen.

When technology and open-ended play are in balance with one another, children benefit greatly. We as parents need to lead by example by finding a healthy balance between technology and play. We also may need to assist them to create a harmony in the beginning. This will keep from one out weighing the other. However, if I had to choose between the two of them, I would lean with more play.

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Dear Daughter,

What my daughter needs to hear
As the days begin to count down until your little brother arrives, there are a few things I need you to know.

I’m sorry my daughter

I know all you’ve wanted the past few weeks is to play outside and I’m sorry we didn’t get to do it very much. It’s been an odd winter here between ice, rain, and very cold temps. When you couple that with mama’s growing belly and lack of energy, outside play has taken a back seat. However, I promise once mama heals we will always make a point to be outside as much as possible. I love that you love playing outside and I don’t want you to lose that love for the outdoors.

You are loved

Your brother is not here to replace you, but here to be a friend, playmate,confidant and another person to love you. I will always love you. I cherish each moment with you and I don’t take one of those moments for granted. It’s important to me that you get mommy and daughter alone time and we will make that happen whether it is five minutes playing trucks or girls’ night sleepovers.

You are brave

You are the most fearless and brave little girl I know. You aren’t afraid to try new things even if it gives mama more gray hairs. Your baby brother has a lot to learn from you and I hope you show him that it’s okay to be brave. He’s going to need a brave sister looking after him.

You are fierce like Fuli

You’re going to need that fierceness being the middle child of two brothers. Never be afraid to stand up for yourself and advocate for the things you need to feel loved and successful. We, as a family and most of all I as your mom, will listen.

You are so kind

You have a kind heart. From your love of sharing things with others to your wanting to help, I know you will be an amazing and kind big sister. Don’t get me wrong, I expect you and your brother to fight, but I know the kind moments will outshine the not so good.

 You matter

You matter. You matter to me, daddy, big brother, and little brother. You were meant to be a part of our family and meant to be on this earth. I know you were put here to do amazing things, so never forget for a second that you matter.

You are beautiful!

You have one of the most beautiful souls with a beautiful face to match. Your little smile lights up the room. I have no doubt you will grow to be a kind women. You are beautiful on the inside and outside.

 You are smart!

Yes, my little one, you are SO, SO smart. Sometimes I wonder if you aren’t too smart for your own good. However, there will be times that your brother may get things faster or be better at something than you or even times you will struggle with something. This is okay. You are smart and shine in different ways. When you are struggling with something, rely on your amazing problem solving skills and patience. Keep trying if you want or move on to something else if you feel it’s not worth the effort. Failure is an amazing teacher and something we all need to learn how to handle. Embrace the failure and remember you and your brother are two different people with many different strengths.

What my daughter needs to hear
So my dear daughter, I want to leave you with this. I love you and I will cherish each of these remaining moments of just us until your little brother arrives.

Love,

Mom
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Is it about true student engagement or compliance?

I know I’m going to catch some flack here from fellow teachers, but I’m going to be brutally honest with you anyways about what’s truly being measured in today’s classrooms. Is it student engagement or is it compliance? This is solely my opinion on how things are operating in the public schools and by no means am I undermining our fabulous teachers in the classrooms. This is more about the system and what they are told they have to do by administrators, superintendents, publishing companies, and government mandates.

Today, many school districts use set curriculums with many of them being scripted. In other words, everyone on the same page at the same time. Each child no matter their reading level or interest is reading the same exact story and the teacher  reads from the script in the teacher’s manual which also provides the day’s lesson plans. Heck it even lays out the entire unit and tells the teacher exactly what and how to teach.  How exciting right?

Did I mention these programs come equipped with worksheets too?

As a teacher this drove me batty and I HATED it, but I began to notice things happening in the classroom and in our trainings for the new “amazing” curriculum that was going to boost our lagging M-STEP scores. Well this was the line given by the publishing company that our district bought hook, line, and sinker.

In my short 7 year career as a teacher, all I heard about was student engagement. Mainly how to improve student engagement in the classroom. However, I began to notice we were actually doing the complete opposite in the classroom.

We weren’t actually looking for our students to be engaged, but rather looking for compliance from our students. We weren’t suppose to care whether or not they are ready for the lesson developmentally or even whether or not they found the lesson to be of interest to them. I was giving “Blue” or Responsible Thinking sheets out to students who weren’t completing their work during classtime. Students were choosing to not do their packets of worksheets which created a large number of students with missing assignments and failing grades. Heck we even tried to bribe, oops I mean reward, students with field trips and fun days for both No Failing grades and No Missing Assignments. Even this didn’t help to improve our student engagement.

What? Wait a minute here. How can “Blue” sheets and fancy rewards increase student engagement? Isn’t this actually used to get kiddos to comply with doing their work instead of them using their internal desire to learn aka be engaged with the lesson?

See to me, it’s more like we were measuring student compliance rather than truly finding ways to engage our students. Shouldn’t we be helping our students discover their passions, discover their purposes, uncover problems they want to solve and help guide them to finding answers, enrich their lives with truly meaningful information and not just basic info they can Google on their phone in seconds then expect them to memorize and regurgitate for the upcoming multiple choice test?

What’s really expected of teachers? 

But we’re not…. we are expected to do the dog and pony show, create a stellar attention getter for each of our lessons, create behavior plans for those who don’t comply repeatedly, use fear of getting into trouble, grades- both rewarded for A’s and fear of failing grades, fun days and field trips for rewards, question if a child has ADHD or needs medication simply because they are off task during the lesson, or have a child looked at for special education if a child isn’t engaged with lessons.

*Yes, some children do have ADHD, some need meds, and some need special ed services. I’m not going to debate any of these issues. My problem lies with using these as an excuse for noncompliance without first looking at the curriculum and whether or not the child finds it important to them. Is it of interest to them? If not, then the lack of engagement might be the curriculums fault. *Insert Gasp

How is it we don’t look at this first? Rather we blame the child like it’s their fault. I challenge you to find a topic you find boring and then be “engaged” with it 100% while someone lectures you on it. No day dreaming, no doodling, absolutely 100% engaged with the lesson the entire time. Never mind the fact that you maybe hungry, got into a fight with your best friend or any other experience that might interfere with your engagement.

Again, I’m not here to slam teachers. I worked with some pretty fabulous teachers in my career. It IS the system that I don’t agree with, not them. The education of our children is the most important thing in the world, but our current system is failing many of our precious children. I couldn’t change the system from inside. It is just too big and way too messy. So now I want to educate parents on other, more supportive ways they can guide their children to be life long learners beyond the preschool- 12th grade system.

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Natural Learning to me is simply when children, or adults even, use their interests to learn. Our little Scout loves toy trucks. She loves to push them across the floor while saying vroom vroom. She also loves sitting or attempting to sit in her large Mega Block CAT dump truck.

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Scout is naturally drawn to her trucks, so this makes natural learning opportunities widely available.

A girl playing with her toy trucks in the window
We love our set of 5 Plan trucks that include a mni garbage truck, mini roller, bulldozer, mini excavator and mini fire engine. These mini trucks are made out of wood and offer many different learning opportunities. Not to mention are non-toxic and the company cares about the environment by using environmentally friendly practices according to their Amazon description.

These trucks offer hours of play and really keep her attention because she loves trucks. When she’s busy playing with her toy trucks, mommy and daddy can sneak in some learning opportunities. Get your own Plan mini trucks here.

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Here’s some ways we use the trucks to develop skills with her toy trucks….

1. When she pushes them around the house, she’s building her gross motor skills or developing her large muscles. She really cruises around the house with these.

2. When she pushes them side to side, picks them up, or pushes the buttons to make them work, she’s developing her fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are the development of small muscles. This development will help her with her writing skills later on.

A girl playing with her toy trucks
3. They offer language building opportunities when we sit and play with her. When we call the trucks by the name, she’s hearing new vocabulary words. We can describe the trucks while playing which helps build her color identification skills and other descriptive language skills.

4. The toy trucks offer plenty of imagination play. Scout can use them any way she wants too. Pretending to be on a construction site, building a house with her blocks, racing them around the track, or digging in the dirt.

A girl playing with her toy trucks and Mega Block farmer
5. One of the most important skills for her and all toddlers to work on is problem solving. Scout can work her problem skills through using the toy trucks and learning what each button or feature does. For example, the bulldozer has a button that lifts the “blade”. She also builds her problem solving skills by simple playing with them. Some times she gets them stuck on something, “debris” has fallen into her road (aka toys that have been left on the floor), or any other situation her toy trucks put her in.

A girl playing with her toy trucks
How does your child use toy trucks for play?


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Minimalism: “A tool that can help you find freedom.” – The Minimalists

Minimalism: Our Journey to Freedom
I’m not going to lie our house is cluttered to the max of things we don’t use, don’t need and don’t find beautiful. It’s almost suffocating how much stuff there really is in every room. We aren’t past the point of being hoarders, but between the 4 of us, the baby items for the new addition that’s arriving in February, and items for my nursery school things have definitely taken over the house.
So, we have decided to begin our Minimalism journey. I have been reading and researching minimalism for a few weeks now, but I wasn’t sure how the hubby would react. On Dec 15th, we watched the documentary by The Minimalists called Minimalism  and he was intrigued. Fast forward a few days and here we are well on our way to becoming minimalist.

We live in a small 3 bedroom home and this makes the clutter even worse. Our bedrooms are all spoken for by people and things. We need less things, so we can  fit more people in our house. Our 5th family member makes his grand appearance in about 6 weeks. Eek… maybe it’s the nesting, but we had to get this house in order to make room for him.

We started the next weekend by decluttering our house. I started immediately in my daughter’s room. She will be sharing storage and play space with our little Bear and honestly her room was taken over by unused clothes and the dreaded toys. We have been truly blessed with baby clothing that was given to us by friends and families with baby girls and we ended up with an over abundance of clothing.

Our SUV packed with 9 1/3 bags of baby clothes.

 

Overall, I removed 9 bags of both baby girl and baby boy clothing from her room and countless toys. I downsized both Bear’s and Scout’s current wardrobe. This helped immensely. I decided to donate the clothing to a local trip to help other mamas and babies who needs them.

*Be on the lookout for a future how-to blog on how I minimalized the kids bedroom and set capsule wardrobes for them.

Now that their bedroom is complete we can start moving on to the other rooms, the garage, and our closets. I’ll be sharing our journey to becoming Minimalists right here.

Here’s a sneak peak of what we have done so far…

A picture of our simplified cabinet.
The start of our kitchen.
A picture of our toyshelf.
Downsizing our toys in our play area.
So far this has been the best decision for our family. I feel SO much better and I know the kiddos probably feel it too.  Not to mention our house  looks better and it’s easier to clean. A win-win in my book.

Want to know more about our journey? Follow along here.

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*This is strictly my view on Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education. My view has been shaped as a former public ed teacher and as a mom and natural learning advocate.

Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

Our Public Schools Need a Change

I know it may seem like I have something against public schools, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, I am a huge advocate for the best education for ALL children. I am against the current approach in the system, but not the schools themselves.

Personally, I feel our public schools need to be completely overhauled. We need to focus on the true needs of 21st century children who are being raised on the cusps of this new technology era and stop educating them like it’s the beginning of the industrial revolution…. because it’s not.

If we truly want our children to compete in the current global market, then Betsy Devos is not the answer to our prayers. In fact, she is the scary monster in our nightmares.

We need a leader who understands this new revolution and how to improve our public schools, so every child has the guarantee of being educated as a human being with strengths, interests, and life purposes instead of cogs on an assembly line. Children deserve to be viewed as an individual and not just as a data number or profits to companies itching to roll in the dough with Betsy DeVos’s plans.

What We Need

We need less of everyone on the same page at the same time and more natural learning, creativity, and discovering of life’s purposes. We need to stop this career/college readiness focus and start asking our children what problems in the world they want to solve and then begin the conversations of careers and college. Our children deserve the end of the one size fits all mentality and more realizations that ALL children are different. This means everyone from politicians to teachers acknowledge and respect that some children will need to go to college in order to  fulfill their life purposes, some will become entrepreneurs creating businesses around their life purposes, and others will be 9-5 workers, laborers, etc. Each career as equally as important to the college required career. We need to see that success needs to be valued differently.

Betsy DeVos is not going to bring about the change that we need to see for our children, grandchildren or future children. We need the education publishing companies and their lobbyists out of public schools. We need more creativity for our children and to allow teachers to do what they do best… Mentor and inspire our children to be life long learners all while guiding them to find their life purposes.

Remember this not only affects public schools, but universities as well. I just hope the changes she makes over the course of her new position won’t dramatically effect future generations for a long time, should she be confirmed by the Senate. 

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Are you looking for some ways to assess natural learners?

3 Ways to Assess Natural Learners
When most people hear the word assessment, they automatically think of testing. Whether that’s the standardized state testing or those lovely multiple choice tests that most of us who are products of the public school system so fondly remember.
But we don’t have to use a test to assess our natural learners…

In fact, the teacher in me HIGHLY recommends avoiding a multiple choice or any test of any kind to assess natural learners.

So what does the word assessment mean? 

“Educational assessment, the process of documenting knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs” -Wikipedia

Testing is one of the ways to assess natural learners. It is a way of documenting your child’s knowledge.

However, there are far better ways to assess natural learners.

So what are the “Best Practice” assessment approaches? 

*Best Practice is a term that is constantly used in the public education world. Googles definition says:

best prac·tice
noun

commercial or professional procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being correct or most effective

1. Projects!

     Yes, simple projects are a great way for children to show you what the know. Naturally, the children should be able to decide what kind of project to do and how they want to create it. This will take some openness or trust on your part as their parent.

Many teachers use projects in their classrooms, but MOST (notice I said most, not all teachers) tell the children what they must create and what topic they must create it on. They have rubrics designed to grade the project which tend to dictate how the project should be done in the eyes of the teacher. Occasionally, you will come across teachers who truly embrace differentiated instruction and will allow children to take total control of their project, but again the topic is usually dictated. Schools that really embrace individualized learning will encourage students to relate projects after researching topics of their own choice.

Here are some project ideas….

  • models
  • Paintings/drawing
  • Write songs
  • Create a video
  • Write a blog post/article
  • Create a podcast on the subject
  • Create a skit/play

-The list is truly endless when children use their passions and imaginations. This is just a few ideas to give children if they aren’t sure where to begin.

Basically anything your natural learner completes from an art piece to videos can be used as an assessment. Be sure to hang up examples of your children’s work in your learning environment.

2. Notes

Anecdotal notes are perfect for assessing your natural learners. Anecdotal notes are…

“Anecdotal notes are used to record specific observations of individual student behaviours, skills and attitudes as they relate to the outcomes in the program of studies. Such notes provide cumulative information on student learning and direction for further instruction.” – Learn Alberta

Anecdotal notes are simply notes you take about your natural learner. Things to include are things you noticed about their behaviors toward their chosen subject or exploration invitation*, their attitudes towards learning about the topic, or their skills they are learning or have mastered. These will help you track what to continue in their learning journey, what to stop learning about, and where they are with skill development. It’s also a great way to keep documentation of learning if you need it for homeschooling state requirements or for your own records.

Notes can simply be recorded into a journal if you prefer paper/pencil or you can use technology like tablets, laptops, or even your smart phone.

*Exploration Invitations are simply things I do to expose my children to new topics, play, or interests. For example, planning a trip to a new museum or setting up a play dough, paint, or life skill “center”. I dislike the word center because it reminds me of centers that I used in teaching which often were adult-led/worksheet centers. My explorations now are so much more child-led and designed to expose the kids to new possible interests. If it’s something they enjoy, we will do it again and if it’s not, we simple move on to the next thing.

3. Pictures

Pictures are an amazing way to showcase and document their learning. I use this one a lot with my kids. Whenever we are doing something, I snap a picture or two. These can be put into a portfolio* or displayed around your learning environment. It’s an easy way to document the whole learning process of your child. Plus they usually love having their picture taken.

*Portfolios are simply a way to collect your pictures to document growth of skills and learning. They don’t have to be fancy unless you want them to be. A simple hanging folder system , binder or even a scrap book can work wonderfully. It’s all about what works best for you and your child.

Pictures can be used as ways to assess natural learners.
Scout has mastered building a 4 piece tower.

 

Assessing your natural learner doesn’t have to be done by testing them. There are several other options that can give you even more knowledge of their skills and provide documentation.

What ways do you assess your natural learner?

3 Ways to Assess Natural Learners

 

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Two Sunday’s ago, we talked about goal setting, so today I want to talk about another powerful tool for our homeschoolers… the to-do list.
So why a to-do list?
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To-do lists help us stay productive and focused on our goals. It helps us prioritize our day. This is true for even our natural learners.

The Key Elements to the List

Child-led List

The most important element to a natural learning to-do list is that it is the child’s list. It needs to be based on how they want to prioritize their day and what they want to accomplish. When it’s an adult imposed list, there is no ownership for the child. It may not contain things that are truly important to them which can cause avoidance or other negative behaviors. This means you as the parent need to be open to what your child puts on their list.

The littlest ones will need guidance. If they are verbal enough, ask them what they want to do. If they aren’t that verbal yet like our 17 month old, then simply include things you know they like on their to do list. For example, Scout loves building with blocks, reading books with us, coloring, playing outside, etc. These are some of the items I include on her to-do list.

Consistent Time 

Another key element is making sure to write their to-do list at a consistent time each day. Some people like me prefer to do them the night before. It helps ease my anxiety at night which helps me sleep better. Others prefer to do them in the morning as part of their daily routine. You may want to try both for about a week or so to see which is best for your child. Then be sure to stick with the routine.

Review the List

Be sure to review the list several times a day. If you wrote the night before, go over it at the start of the day as part of your morning routine. The children can cross items off the list as they complete them and then look to see what is next on their list. I recommend reviewing the list at least 3 times, once in the morning, once at lunch time, and once at dinner.

Keep the List Small

The size of the list will vary for each child. Keep it simple. Children can’t realistically do 100 things in the day, so be sure to help guide them to narrow down their list. Vice versa, older children may need more than two items on their lists. Again, the number will depend on the age, maturity, and level of comfort with to-do lists for each child.

*If you are in the beginning stages of using to-do lists, remember it’s more about teaching the process than it is actually using the list.

Reflection

I like to add a nighttime reflection with the kiddos. What went well on the list? What didn’t go so well? Was there something they should have included on the list but didn’t? Was there something they should have not included with their list?

The self-reflection helps them to truly learn how to use a to-do list with items that are a priority. It also helps them to see what is important to them and not so important. Along with what needs to be done vs. what they want to do instead.

What should a homeschoolers to-do list include?

This completely depends on the child and their interests. However, here is a list of some ideas…

  1. Chores
  2. Outdoor Time
  3. Play Time
  4. Painting
  5. Play Dough Play
  6. Minecraft Time
  7. Book Time
  8. Time with Mom or Dad Alone
  9. Trip to the Library
  10. Research a Topic
  11. Build with Legos
  12. Go for Hike

What Type of To-Do List Works Best?

Well again, this is completely dependent on the child and what works best for them. There are many ways to do a to-do list.

Paper-Pencil List

There’s the good ole paper-pencil list. Sometimes people including children need to physically write it down to help them think.

*Some kiddos especially younger ones might draw pictures instead of writing down the words. Whatever works best for them!

Apps

There are many apps available via phones or tablets. You and your homeschooler will just have to try different ones until you find the one that works best for them.

Planners

Planners are another great place to keep to do lists handy. Planners allow them to keep track of important dates, their goals and their to-do lists.

*If you need documentation of your child’s learning, a planner with daily to-do lists, goals, and dates would be a great resource to either use or look back through when you are compiling your documentation.

Over all, To-do lists are a great tool for children to learn to use to keep them productive and motivated. It also helps them to learn how to prioritize.  They can be used by any kiddo including traditional homeschoolers, unschoolers, and even children in a school system. Just remember giving your child the lead whether you agree with their to-do list or not is what will be key to them truly learning the importance to a to-do list.

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Now that winter has officially arrived, it can be harder to find the motivation to get outside. The cold, the snow, and lack of sunlight can make us want to just hunker down on the couch. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Title picture with a girl riding in her sled in the snow

I personally love the snow. This makes me seem crazy to most because they prefer summer and Michigan’s warmer weather. However, I have found that the ones who enjoy winter are always the ones who enjoy some form of a winter activity. For me, its snowmobiling, hiking, or just playing in the snow with the kids.

Our 17 month old sledding for the first time
Scout trying out her sled

Getting outside no matter the season is important to me. There are so many benefits to being outside for me and Scout from being active to boosting our mood. There’s a ton of research on how nature is good for us.

I want to start young with the kids and show them how fun outside can be. So, we are beginning to introduce Scout to more outdoor activities now that she’s getting bigger.

Our first winter activity is sledding. We began small by simply pulling her around the yard. She looks bored in all the pictures I took because she only smiles when daddy pulls her fast, of course. She is our little risk taker, so I am not surprised she only likes going fast.

Our daughter sledding while her daddy pulls her around
Once big brother is here again, we will take both kids to the local sledding hill. I think Scout will enjoy sledding down the hill. She can zoom fast or at least think she’s zooming fast.

Are you a winter person like me or do you prefer warmer weather? What ways do you keep your family outside and active in the winter?

A girl playing in the snow

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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.” –Zigizen.com

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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