There is nothing quite like supporting our kids with what they want to achieve in life. And what better way to do this is to help define goals for children that are SMART, and suitable for their age. We have the perfect companion to sorting this with our goal setting sheet for kids.
It’s free to download today, and only one sheet, so simple for even younger children to use to work through their goals.
The activity for helping setting goals for children is really simple and consists of a single sheet for them, helping them work through their ideas to make their goals realistic.
What are SMART GOALS?
SMART goals are a well-establish method for making sure that anything that we pick to attain, is suitable, whether you are an adult or a child. There is nothing quite like picking a goal thaty you cannot get to for completely sapping confidence.
SMART goals are:
- Specific: Goals needs to be easy to define, so for example, learning to use your iPhone for photography, but also suitable significant to count as an effective goal,
- Measurable: They must be easily measured, and this can be measured by yourself, or by others. For example, perhaps completing a course on iPhone photography, or taking photographs that are critiqued by teachers and passed as competent,
- Achievable: We have to make sure that our goals are achievable, particularly for children, and then also agreed too. Can a 5-year old really learn how to use their iPhone effectively for photography? This is really personal to your children of course.
- Realistic: Is it suitable for your child and realistic for them to hit. Is it relevant to them too? Is it something that is results-based, and something that can be easily resourced as well? So if you don’t have an iPhone, then how are they going to learn?
- Timely: This seems simple, but any goal needs to be easy to measure within a specific timeframe. So, for example, having a goal to improve your writing as a child isn’t easy as when does it need to be done by. But to do so within a school year, and to achieve your pen licence, that’s timely and achievable too!
Worth with the kids to make sure the goals for children that you are aiming for are all the above, and particularly easy for them to understand, and you are well on your way. Rewards for reward charts work in a similar way. You need to make sure that the understanding of how children achieve those awards is clear, and that the timeframe for doing them is obvious to them too. The younger the child, the most important it is to keep rewards really simple, and measurable for them. That way, they know when they can get their stars!
Ask your children questions about their goals before filling in the printable so they have really thought about it, and own it:
- What do you really, really wish for? This is THEIR goal
- When would you like to achieve it?
- What steps can you break the goal down into?
- What will you do if you find that it is harder than you thought?
- How can you think positively when you hit a bump in the road?
- What positive affirmations can we use to help with our positive mindset?
Don’t forget to praise and support your child in their journey too – but not for praise’s sake, be specific to what they achieved.
For example, if they manage to complete a lesson in an online course on iPhone photography;
“Well done for managing to find the time to do your lessons alongside the school work you have.”
Children do need to understand why they are being praised, and to see the relationship between the effort they put in alongside the praise they get. Praise for being clever or good doesn’t have the same impact as praise for a specific task completed in context.
What is the goals for children printable like?
This is a simple printable for you – with one sheet for the classroom or the children to take a look at.
It is easier for children to focus on just one significant goal, and then think about how they are going to achieve that.
In addition to this goal, the sheet enables them to think about how they might go about reaching that goal.
Remember to use the SMART ideas from above to help them to focus on the key aspects of their goal.
Why not check out the ideas for goals listed below for children to have a go at – we have split them into specific age categories too!
What goals for children can we try?
Preschoolers and Nursery
- Learn to ride a bike
- Writing my name without help from my parents
- Doing something kind at preschool every week to help my friends
- Reading a book with carers every week
- Staying dry at night (this is developmental, so do check the potty training at night article on the site alongside this specific to your child)
- Getting my pen license
- Cooking a dessert on my own
- Making a cake for my friends birthday
- Tidying my room every Sunday
- Reading a book every week
- Get more achievement points this term than I did last term
- Put my hand up in class at least once a day
- Reaching a grade x in my next test in a specific subject
- Starting an afterschool exercise club and going to it every week
- Improving my personal best in a sporting activity
- Making a dress that I can wear out at a restaurant with my parents
- Reduce the number of negative points on my card next term
- Do 15mins of x subject everyday, e.g. French vocab learning, etc
There are loads of options above for you, Mind Tools is also an excellent site for more information on SMART goals too.
To download this sheet, just click on the button below.
We love to get kids to think about achievements and be positive on the site, so why not check out some of our other resources on this too?
Try these around goals off KiddyCharts too:
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