Setting smaller goals is a common strategy often employed when pursuing larger endeavors, but is this strategy always helpful?
Assistant professor of marketing, Szu-chi Huang, at Stanford Graduate School of Business, finds that while people benefit from concentrating on small “sub-goals” in the early stages of a pursuit, they should focus instead on the larger objective in the late stages.
The research serves as an excellent reminder to continually evaluate what motivates a child during the homeschooling process. Initially, you may find that small rewards for completing assignments are highly motivating. However, a child may begin to lose interest if there is not clear communication how a lesson ties into to a big picture item.
Goal setting is a dynamic process and your child’s learning should be approached as such. Be sensitive to your child’s “big picture goals” and strive to communicate how things tie into their ambitious endeavors.