Growing Bookworms – Setting learning goals with your child

Today, I am over at Writing to be Read with the month’s Growing Bookworms post about Setting learning goals with your child. Thank you for hosting, Kaye Lynne Booth.

Writing to be Read

Just like adults, children benefit by setting learning goals for the year or even the term. Goals give all of us something positive and definite to work towards and we feel a sense of achievement when we meet our goals.

At the beginning of the school year, parents should sit down with their child and plan some goals for the year. This goal setting process should include identifying the specific areas the child needs to work on and the setting of realistic and achievable goals in order to measure progress in those areas. If your child is struggling with maths, for example, there is no point in setting a goal of achieving a distinction in the first term of the new school year. A reasonable goal would be an increase of 5% for each term, which will allow the child to improve his/her understanding of the subject and gradually build…

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34 thoughts on “Growing Bookworms – Setting learning goals with your child

  1. An excellent article, Robbie. I treasure those moments when Frances read to my brother and I when we were young children and before we could read. Those readings encouraged us on our reading journeys that continue to this very day.

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  2. The Offspring went to school at a time when kids were supposed to ‘guess’ the meaning of words from the context or from accompanying pictures. As a logical little person, the Offspring was totally lost. As an ex-teacher I was horrified. 😦 I used syllables – bat, cat, hat, mat – to teach the Offspring to read but…said Offspring didn’t learn to /love/ reading until we discovered a certain game that had a fair bit of written dialogue. Wanting to read that dialogue was what kickstarted the Offspring’s desire to read which then blossomed into a love of reading.
    Apologies for the long comment, but if I were still teaching, I’d encourage poor readers to read comic books if that were the level they could cope with while still enjoying the story. Imho, love of reading must come first!

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    1. Hi Meeks, my sons were also taught to read at school using word recognition. Of course, they could both already read when they started as I had taught them using syllables as I was taught. Changes are not always good, in my opinion. I have noticed that the schools allow a far greater range of books to be read than during my school days. When I was at school comics, graphic novels, and even some books like Agatha Christie did not ‘count’.

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      1. hah! Why am I not surprised? People bleat about how irregular English is, and in comparison to other languages, yes it is. But! most of the language does make use of very regular syllables, and that allows for pattern recognition, and kids are very good at seeing patterns.
        High Five my friend. 😀

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  3. You made some good points here Robbie. I always felt terrible for kids whose parents berated them for not getting straight A’s. There was no room for anything less.

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