One of the big things we focus on at Success Ladder Academy are goals. Understanding not only why goals are important in life, but how to achieve them, will help students throughout their lifelong learning efforts.There are three main ways to help your child reach any type of goal, especially academic resolutions.
First, write it down and put it on the refrigerator at their eye level. Sure, you might think this is silly, but it works. The more we look at our goals, the more we send a subliminal message to ourselves that we are working towards something. Even if the sign becomes white-noise, on a subconscious level, that sign is working.
Second, set-up milestones. Having a goal or a resolution isn’t enough. Children need a roadmap to meet goals and they should be part of creating that roadmap. We suggest sitting down with your child and explaining what milestones are (don’t assume they understand the concept) and then create a list of steps that need to be taken to reach the resolution or goal. Next, put those steps into milestones with actual deadlines.
Finally, set-up consequences for missed milestones. We often focus on rewards with children. While this could work for a while, it also presents a dangerous lesson that children should be rewarded for doing what they are supposed to do. In life, we adults are not rewarded for meeting deadlines at work. However, we are reprimanded if we miss deadlines. Setting up consequences for missed milestones not only helps children meet their goals and fulfil resolutions, but it better prepares them for real-world situations that will arise later on in life.
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