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Setting Educational Goals for your Child

2014-03-05 by Kim Vij
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These simple ideas about setting educational goals for your child – plus a Free Weekly Planner printable – were brought to us by guest blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It.

Play and Setting Educational Goals for Kids *Read how kids can learn skills through play (and get a FREE Weekly Planner), on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

As spring approaches with our children, it’s a time of excitement, new growth and anticipation for what’s to come. It’s also a time for spring cleaning and perhaps to consider some educational goal setting.

Do you have any goals set for the year? Better yet have you set any goals with your child for the year?

Here’s a simple tip to keep your educational goals on track with your child: WRITE THEM DOWN. Choosing to do things with purpose with our child tends to make us focus on them a bit more throughout our day and in turn they become more proficient at them in a shorter period of time. Using a Weekly Planner can be a helpful tool to monitor goals. Both as a stay at home parent or a working parent you should be aware of what skills your child should be developing at their age as your child’s first teacher.

Take a moment and glance through the developmental milestones and standards that are set for your child’s age group.

Where to start with developmental milestones? Here are a few favorite “go to” spots for finding resources for Developmental Milestones.

Play and Setting Educational Goals for Kids *Read how kids can learn skills through play (and get a FREE Weekly Planner), on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Developmental Milestones Resources Online

Setting Goals for your Child

As you set goals with your child be specific so that the results can be measurable. Breaking things up for younger children into developmental skills helps to make it more achievable.

  • Gross motor skills
  • Large motors skills
  • Language Development
  • Academics Development focused on literacy, math and science

Play and Setting Educational Goals for Kids *Read how kids can learn skills through play (and get a FREE Weekly Planner), on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Create a Weekly Planner

With preschoolers, a goal in one week could be encourage your child to use crayons to color inside a shape or to form a closed shaped. Sorting and identifying objects in a fun place to start and it can involve a little fun in literacy, math or science. Things like jumping, skipping, climbing for gross motor skills or lacing, cutting, gluing on a line for fine motor skills.  Most importantly, remember that children learn best through hands-on fun and play. {Click Here} to print your FREE Weekly Planner. How can you sneak in these goals through their play?

Children develop in general stages, but at their own paces. Use the tool as a way to encourage you and your child to be more conscious of weekly and monthly growth. You’ll be amazed at how much they are learning once you start setting goals together and keeping track.

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Play and Setting Educational Goals for Kids *Read how kids can learn skills through play (and get a FREE Weekly Planner), on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

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Kim Vij

Kim Vij is an early childhood educator and mom of three. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues and how to make everyday moments into learning opportunities at The Educators’ Spin On It and award winning Pinterest Boards. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest!

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