It is August and it is time to get organized and plan for the year. The best way to plan is to set long-term and short-term goals with your child. 

Set Goals Together

  • Goals should be measurable. How else do you know you are there?
  • They should be specific. What exactly does he want to achieve?
  • They should be reasonable. Is your child capable of achieving this goal?
  • They should have personal value. Does your child really want to achieve this goal?

Set Academic Goals for School

  • Write down last grades earned.
  • Set a grade goal for each subject - encouraging at least minor growth in each subject.
  • Write down the goals, if they are not written they are just a dream.
  • Write down specific steps needed to reach each goal. These are short term goals.

Once Goals Are Set, a Change Must Happen. Henry Ford said, “Keep on doing what you have always done; you will always be where you have always been”. As a parent your role is to support the change.

Make Study Time a Priority 

  • Have a scheduled study time every day, just like sports, dance, etc.
  • Set goals for study time; how long, what will get done, what can be done later. 

Set Long-Range Goals for studying (suggested goals)

  • Assigned homework will be done on time and turned in on time.
  • Prepare for class – show up with supplies, ready to learn and even preview the material.
  • Study for tests – test preparation begins when class begins. Students prepare by doing all the work, participating and then studying. Studying means reviewing old tests, notes and the textbook or ebook.
  • Take good notes – record notes given in class, rewrite notes for clarification and understanding.
  • Study beyond homework time – preview and review.

Manage Time-Time is a Limited Commodity

  • Time is one thing that we can manage.
  • Encouraging time management is a great gift to give your child.
  • Managing time is a matter of making good decisions; children need guidance from you to learn how to manage their time.
  • Play time is important but should be a reward when work is accomplished - apply time rule using a timer, work 15 minutes and break for 5 or 30/15, based on the child’s age and ability to stay focused.


  • Have a consistent place to put the backpack, work completed and papers you need to see or sign.
  • Touch something only once – once in your hand put it where it belongs; example, the permission slip or work is signed so it will go in the backpack or in completed bin to be placed in backpack before going to bed.
  • Have your child get everything ready before going to bed so morning isn’t hectic, and nothing gets forgotten or left behind.


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