Monthly Goal Worksheet for Kids
Introducing kids to goal setting early can be a great tool that can serve them their whole life. It teaches them that time put into to learning, practicing, improving, saving, and sometimes, even sacrificing now, for something they want in the future, is worthwhile.
For younger kids, keeping it simple is best. Start with something small and use a relative short time period for the child’s age so that they begin to understand if they “do the work/practice they’ll reap the reward”. Saving money may be a good goal for small children to buy toy or stuffed animal they might want. It has the added benefit of teaching about the value of money and helping out to earn money. Some kids may like using our Rainbow Eating Chart and Traffic Light Eating Guide as a goal for a week to improve and emphasize healthy eating habits. Mom and dad can help them answer these questions:
- What do they want to accomplish?
- How can they do that?
- What action can/will they do today to work towards achieving this goal?
- Who will help them, if anyone?
This monthly goal setting worksheet is best suited for younger kids. Monthly Goals worksheet for kids.pdf
Using a S.M.A.R.T. goal is a great tool for older kids. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for goal setting.
Specific – What is to be achieved? What steps must the kid take to achieve their goal? When will it start and finish?
- I will increase my reading level from a 5th grade level to a 6th grade level by the end of summer.
- I will improve my baseball skills to tryout for the next team level by this coming fall.
- I want to earn and save $250 by the time school starts this year.
Measurable – How much and or How many?
- I want to save $50 to donate to my favorite charity.
- I want to read 100 pages a week in my book.
- I want to practice soccer for 5 hours a week
Attainable/Action Oriented – This step, like most, is very age dependent. Can they achieve this in their set time frame? How will they achieve this goal? Will it be easy or difficult? How likely is it based on their current skills?
- I want to set up and post 10 videos to my kids cooking YouTube channel this summer.
- I want to be healthier to perform better on my swim team and I will eat 2-3 servings of fruit and 5-6 servings of vegetables daily for the next month with a tracking sheet of how my body is feeling.
- I want to read 7 books by the end of summer, including one biography about an inventor.
Realistic/Relevant – Sometimes realistic is very similar to attainable. I want to fly to the moon this summer is probably not attainable or realistic for most kids (all kids?). If realistic feels too close, use relevant. Is this a learning opportunity for the child? Something they are very interested in? Do they care about accomplishing this?
- I want to take 10 horseback riding lessons by the end of this summer so that I can fulfill my future goal of going to cowboy camp or a dude ranch and I will use $50 of my saved money to help pay for them.
- I want to write 10 short stories this before school starts because it is fun and I love to write.
- I want to plant and grow three different types of vegetables this summer because I like working outside andwant to learn to garden.
Timely – With younger kids, it is really important to keep the time frame short and set something that is a bit of stretch but achievable so that they build confidence?
Will they have enough time to complete their goal? Could something disrupt the timeframe? Most of the examples used above have shown the time frames for the goal.
- I want to practice soccer for two hours each week for the next two months.
- I will do five chores and earn $10 each week for the next two months to earn and save $70 dollars (using your family’s pay scale for chores or ways for children to earn money, of course)
- I will read 10 upper level reading books that I enjoy to improve my reading before school starts on August 19, 2020.
Here is a SMART action sheet for older kids to use: SMART Monthly Goals for Older Kids.pdf
Category: For Kids
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