Using Goal Charts to Motivate Children

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Motivating kids and instilling on them the value of learning is a tough job. With our first-born, Kuya V, he'd prefer to play than study most specially if he sees his siblings busy with toys.

A few years back, we used reward tickets as a tool for motivating him. It worked for a few weeks only.

We had to navigate our school years with different strategies every now and then to make things work. We follow his learning pace, but quite frankly minsan sarap na syang itulak. LOL! 

I got this goal chart last year from a pasaBUY in US with fellow homeschoolers. We were not able to use it right away since we were still OK with our homeschool.

In the last quarter of 2017, we have noticed that Kuya V would work harder (and faster!) on his homeschool lessons if we give him goals and rewards. And out of storage the goal chart went.

For each goal he completes, he gets a flower (panget drawing ko, I know!). And for every 25 goals he completes, he gets a reward. We need to celebrate tiny victories, right? Mini goals for him to reach.

On Goal #25, a drawer of toys was unconfiscated (I confiscate toys and refrain him from using screentime as punishment for bad behavior).

On Goal #50, another box of toys was unconfiscated (obvious na ba madalas ako nag confiscate? Principal ang peg. Haha!)

On Goal #75, we celebrated this mini victory with ice cream. Got him and his sister some ice cream from the nearest sari sari store.

And when he reaches his #100 goal, we promised to buy him a toy. He is excited to finish his goals soon so he can get that elder dragon he was eyeing on at the toy store.

There are days that he'd finish 3 goals, and there were days that he'd only accomplish one. The tasks are presented to him and it is up to him to finish them so he can get a flower on his goal chart. Nasa sa kanya ang gulong. Para na din namin sya binibigyan ng kalayaan at responsibilidad para sa kanyang sariling mga katungkulan. And I think that works for us because he has a strong personality and he likes being involved in the decision-making.

This is how we homeschool. 

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