New Year…New Goals: The Benefits of Goal Setting for Children
As we welcome in the new year, there is a feeling of hope and excitement for what 2021 will bring. The new year symbolises new beginnings, and the opportunity to start fresh. Oftentimes we use the new year as an opportunity to set goals and make plans for the year ahead.
Goal-setting is an important factor in achievement and is a useful tool to introduce to children.
NumberWorks’nWords Norwood has outlined for us four benefits of goal setting for our kids, and some tips for helping them stay on track with their goals!
Triggering new behaviours
Before your child returns to school for the new year, sit down with them and talk through their goals for the year ahead. They might have a clear idea of what they want to achieve, or they may require coaching and mentorship to uncover their aspirations.
Following the goal setting exercise, your child will likely experience increased interest in achieving their objective. This may trigger new behaviours, such as practicing shooting baskets every afternoon, or reading before bed without being prompted. Help your child maintain these behaviours by supporting them in building positive habits.
Goals help children stay motivated and on track with their learning and personal development. Setting a big goal at the beginning of the year helps children to develop strategies to achieve their goals, and helps to build momentum and confidence. When children notice small improvements in their abilities or receive recognition for their advancement or effort, their motivation increases, which generates momentum. They become invested in their development and achieving their goals.
Setting goals provides structure and focus for children. With so many distractions and opportunities to explore, goals help children to hone in their focus on what is important to them. If your child has set a goal to get top in the class for English, they might choose to spend their evenings reading instead of watching TV or take an interest in English tuition above music lessons. Having goals helps children to make conscious choices that align with their values and aspirations.
Achievement & personal growth
Arguably the biggest benefit of goal setting is achievement. Goals keep children accountable, and accountability is a huge motivator for achievement. When children are determined to achieve their goals, they often do. Accomplishing a goal can either lead to fulfilment, pride, and increased motivation, or a drop in motivation and dissatisfaction if the goal is not achieved. In cases where a goal is not accomplished, the experience provides the opportunity to reflect, and develop resilience.
Build confidence, boost results
If your child has uncovered a passion or a weakness that they want to work on, help them to set goals that support their development in that area. NumberWorks’nWords tutoring helps children to build confidence and boost their school results. Offering Maths and English tuition for every level and providing personalised tutoring programs that are designed to help each student achieve their learning goals, the team are passionate about helping children close knowledge gaps, gain confidence, and improve their abilities.
If you are interested in learning more about tuition with NumberWorks’nWords, get in touch with them to book a free assessment today!
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