Goal Planning Monday: January 30, 2012

Well, my first week of linking up with Mama Manuscripts Goal Planning Monday did not go as planned. Sure, I accomplished a few things, but for the most part I allowed the book I’m putting together suck me in. This week I’m setting a timer when I work on it. First though, I let’s go back over last weeks goals and how I did, then I will share this weeks.

Last Weeks Goals

Blogging

Put up the 8 Weeks to Real Food Week 3 & 4 post. (Week 3 done, I still haven't received my week 4 email yet : (  )

Read, review and write a post for the book “Aesop Revisited: A Collection of Classic Fables Retold for the Modern World.”

Write my last Disney bucket list post.

Write another post on the Cyberlearning Summit.

Pick an App of the week and write a post.

Social Media

Attend 1 Twitter or Facebook party

Follow 30 new people on Twitter (Done)

Visit at least 5 blogs and leave comments (Visited at least 5 blogs but only let 1 comment)

Make sure Google+ page is up to date

Give out at least 20 +K on Klout  (Done)

Household

Sort through and purge the kids toys

Finish cataloging the home library on Librarything (I brought home more books : /  )

Wash, Dry, Fold and actually PUT AWAY two loads of laundry a day (4 out of the 7 days)

Organize the bathroom cabinets

Keep the living room hot spots cleaned off all week.

Home School

Create iBook of Language Lessons for Builder Boy (75% done)

Add books to my Wish list for next month

Print out copywork and math pages for the week (done)

Watch the Robotics 101 lectures on iTunes U to see if Builder Boy can take anything away from it.

Personal

Run 3 miles.

Remember to put lotion on my face every night. (3 out of 7 nights)

Take one hour of me time.(done)

Now on to this week….which looks a lot like last week since I did not manage to mark much of it off.

Blogging

  • Put up the 8 Weeks to Real Food Week  4 post on Friday. From what I can tell the email is late getting out to everyone so we are taking a 2 week break, which was good for me anyways.
  • Read, review and write a post for the book “Aesop Revisited: A Collection of Classic Fables Retold for the Modern World.”
  • Write & post my last Disney bucket list post.
  • Write & post another post on the Cyberlearning Summit.
  • Write & post an app of the week post on “Project Noah.”
  • Write & post a Groundhog Day resources Post
  • Write & post my Kinderbach Review Post

Social Media

  • Attend 1 Twitter or Facebook party
  • Visit at least 4 blogs and leave comments
  • Make sure Google+ page is up to date
  • Give out at least 20 +K on Klout

Household

  • Sort through and purge the kids toys
  • Finish cataloging the home library on Librarything
  • Wash, Dry, Fold and actually PUT AWAY two loads of laundry a day
  • Organize the bathroom cabinets

Home School

  • Finish the grammar book I’m putting together.
  • Add books to my Wish list for next month
  • Write out a quick outline of what I want the kids to do this week & next week and print out any needed pages.
  • Watch the Robotics 101 lectures on iTunes U to see if Builder Boy can take anything away from it.

Personal

  • Run 3 miles.
  • Remember to put lotion on my face every night.
  • Take one hour of me time.

Don't forget to head over to Mama Manuscripts Goal Planning Monday to share your goals this week too.

Goal Planning Monday: January 23, 2012

I’ve hopped over and read Mama Manuscripts Goal Planning Monday post on more than one occasion, but never wrote a post and linked up until now. Everything has been so hectic around here lately (well at least in my mind and world) and I need the extra push to get stuff done.

On her blog she usually list about five goals for the week, but I’m going to divide mine up into different categories and will definitely have more than five.

Blogging

  1. Put up the 8 Weeks to Real Food Week 3 & 4 post.
  2. Read, review and write a post for the book “Aesop Revisited: A Collection of Classic Fables Retold for the Modern World.”
  3. Write my last Disney bucket list post.
  4. Write another post on the Cyberlearning Summit.
  5. Pick an App of the week and write a post.

Social Media

  1. Attend 1 Twitter or Facebook party
  2. Follow 30 new people on Twitter (followed 3 so far)
  3. Visit at least 5 blogs and leave comments (1 down)
  4. Make sure Google+ page is up to date
  5. Give out at least 20 +K on Klout (given out 14 so far)

Household

  1. Sort through and purge the kids toys
  2. Finish cataloging the home library on Librarything
  3. Wash, Dry, Fold and actually PUT AWAY two loads of laundry a day (Day 1 Done)
  4. Organize the bathroom cabinets
  5. Keep the living room hot spots cleaned off all week.

Home School

  1. Create iBook of Language Lessons for Builder Boy (TOC, Cover, 6 pages Done)
  2. Add books to my Wish list for next month
  3. Print out copywork and math pages for the week
  4. Watch the Robotics 101 lectures on iTunes U to see if Builder Boy can take anything away from it.

Personal

  1. Run 3 miles.
  2. Remember to put lotion on my face every night.(Day 1 Fail)
  3. Take one hour of me time.

Even though this is for the next seven days, writing that much down seems like I’m setting myself up for failure, but I’m just going to remind myself each day that I can do it along with all of the normal everyday happenings of our lives. :  )

Now that you’ve heard me blab on, head over to Mama Manuscripts and link up your goals for the week too!

Working Towards Goals Not Standards for this Homeschool Year

TOS Blog Cruise "Homeschool Goals"

I don’t know about you, but I was watching the Nightly News last week as they spent a considerable amount of time discussing the Education Nation conference and what they are doing to try to improve public education. While I heard some great conversation going on and couldn’t help but wince each time the word standard was thrown out there.

Now, I’m not totally against standards, in fact I love the National Education Technology Standards, but they are worded more as goals, not strict outcomes that are expected at each age group. That is what we like to work towards here in our home school goals.

So I want to share with, as a part of the TOS Blog Cruise, our goals for the year. Now our goals are here are simple and to the point and based on our children’s abilities and look forward to helping my children achieve these goals this year.

Builder Boy (8 high functioning autism)

Math – We  have been stuck with the simple process of basic addition and subtraction facts with Builder Boy. He can add and subtract, but only if he is able to draw out or use counters and COUNT everything. Now, after over two years, teaching every addition strategy known to man and working our way through four different curriculums our one and only goal for math for the year is to find a teaching method and materials that will help our poor memory impaired boy figure out how to tackle these facts. If we make it to the end of the year accomplishing this and only this, we will be jumping for joy.

Language Arts – Builder Boy is reading just below level now so our goals for reading are to work on comprehension, fluency and reading for pleasure. So far, the Pizza Hut Book it program that began Saturday has already been a huge motivator. Our hopes are to have him reading on level with solid comprehension and fluency for his age by the end of the year.

As far a writing, ughhh writing, my hope is to finally have him using upper and lower case letters and punctuation correctly by the end of the year. Any grammar beyond that will have to wait. He does love to dictate stories though and has “written” more than a dozen simple ones so far, so I think we will work on extending his stories this year and developing plots and characters a bit more.

Spelling is another struggle for Builder Boy due to his memory issues but we are slowly but surely working our way through a simple beginner book. It is my hope to have him spelling at a first grade level by the end of the year.

Science – Builder Boy LOVES science, particularly technology and engineering. So my main goal for the year with him is to have him develop his understanding of the scientific process a little more while working with what he loves.

Social Studies – No goals here, we are just working on building a simple yet solid foundation in simple geography and American history.

Physical Education – With the kids’ new love for running, his goal for the end of the year is to run a mile with ease.

Golidlocks (6)

Math – Goldilocks goals for the year in math are the same as Builder Boy’s, to master the basic math facts, but we will also be working on a better understanding of time and money with her as well.

Language Arts – Surprisingly enough, Goldilocks spells better than she can read and as she learns to spell more, she reads more. So our goal for the year is to continue to use spelling as our method for beginning reading. I am proud to say that she has already made her way through her first Dick and Jane book, so we our reading goal will be to get through all 12 volumes and work into other easy readers as well.

Writing – We are beginning to work on the basic of writing with sentences and such and it is our goal that she will be able to write in short paragraphs by year’s end.

Science – Goldilocks likes science, but isn’t as in love with it as Builder Boy is, so we will work on finding a way get her more involved and understanding science more.

Social Studies – We are going to going on the same track as Builder Boy but also including some basics in citizenship in similar topics.

Physical Education – Her running goal for the year is 400m

Little Red (3 in 13 days)

Goals for a 3 year old…….yes the goal is that she will continue to grow and learn through play and gentle introductions to simple beginning concepts and plenty of good books.

The main goal though, that we will make it through the school year without her completely thrashing the house while I attempt to educate the older kids.

So tell me, what kind of goals do you have for the year? Are the precise and all written out or are you’re a go with the flow type of educator pin pointing goals as you go?

Don’t forget to head over to the TOS Blog Cruise and read what my fellow crewmates are sharing about their yearly goals too!