Big Picture Goals and then the Nitty-Gritty

I have been thinking a lot about our goals for the rest of this year and next.  We school year round and take breaks whenever we feel like it and I have been struggling to make goals that are not too far-reaching.  Last night, though, I realized that it may help me if I see the big picture.  instead of getting bogged down with what are appropriate goals for the first grade level.  So, here it is, my goals for my children and for me.

In no particular order, by the time they are 18 I would like my children to be able to:

1.  Run a household: cleaning, cooking (planning, shopping, and preparing meals), finances (opening an account and budgeting to investing and retirement planning), fix basic plumbing and electrical problems, change tires and oil (maybe even brake pads), sewing, first aid

2.  Communicate clearly, both orally and written in 3 languages (we are a bilingual household)

3.  Enjoy travelling and exploring new cultures

4.  Play a musical instrument

5.  Recognize great paintings/sculptures and musical works

6.  Understand how to solve problems (finding pertinent information, evaluating possible solutions, and knowing when to choose a solution versus gathering more facts)

7.  Be comfortable with themselves and their family

So, where does that leave me for first grade goals?

By the end of this year, I would like us to have completed:

1.  Math: single digit addition, easily counting to 100, tell time to the hour and half-hour

2.  Language Arts: be able to read a book such as Green Eggs and Ham and write her name (first and last) on lined paper with proper spacing

3.  Spanish: be able to read simple sentences

4.  Arts: identify Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the music from Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, play Hot Cross Buns on the piano

5.  Home: finish two more felt animal sewing projects, peel and slice hard-boiled eggs, make her own sandwhiches, understand sales tax

6.  Science: recite 2 facts about each invertebrate group that we have studied, tend her own garden plot

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5 thoughts on “Big Picture Goals and then the Nitty-Gritty

  1. I enjoyed reading all of your goals. I want to have my children well versed in travel as well. in 2010 we went to Mexico City, on a missions trip. I think the next big trip planned is Kenya. I am excited! thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. I love this! The big picture is key. I like everything you’ve laid out. Thank you so much for sharing! I think your bilingual house would be a really cool place to grow up. I’m Nikki from the Crew and I’m following you through GFC now!

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