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Kumon: Goals are an important part of achieving and growing in any personal endeavor. Goals provide direction and a path to success when they are prioritized with care. With a little planning this school year, you and your family can develop the right goals for your student. Accomplishing these goals will provide continued motivation and self-confidence throughout the entire year!

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Sometimes parents can leap too quickly and start creating goals that are too broad. Goals that are too large -- or ones where progress is difficult to measure -- can leave children feeling as if it is not possible to achieve success. Create a "goal board" with three or four big goals written at the top; underneath each of them, list the smaller achievements that must be made in order to accomplish the larger goals. As the smaller ones are crossed off the board, it will allow everyone to see the progress that is made slowly throughout the year.

Prioritize and Evaluate
Having created your goals, speak with your child's educator and Kumon instructors about them. Perhaps one goal is to advance three levels in Kumon's reading this year, or maybe to jump to advanced-level math. Talking with educators and instructors will give parents a better idea of what is being taught to their children so that the focus is placed on the right goals at the right time of the year. Midway through the school year, educators may feel that a goal is too challenging (or not challenging enough), so goals may need to be adjusted.

Throughout the year, review the progress and hurdles your child has experienced. Take a look at the goal board, and together you will be able to see the steps your child has made. Doing this will remind children of their achievements and will reinvigorate them to carry on if they find themselves in a slump. Continue to talk with educators and Kumon instructors to evaluate your child's progress and reevaluate certain goals if need be.

Don't be afraid to continue to work on and develop your child's goals for this school year. Some will be easier than others -- or perhaps an unforeseen struggle will present itself. The most important part of setting and achieving goals is that progress is made that everyone can see -- and that your child can feel good about.

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