The Secret to Homeschool Success

Want to know a secret? Sure you do!  Drum roll pease…

Homeschooling success comes from setting just one goal per child, per year!

Yes, that’s it!

At present, I am in the middle of personally working closely with members of the Thrive Community, our premier group within the Catholic Homeschool Community! 

Let’s just say you are not alone! This time of year is super HARD!

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your choice to homeschool right now?

Dare I say, you may even be rethinking homeschooling altogether, or how many courses you can outsource or hand-off. Right??

The thing is trying to be all things to all your children, for all subjects, is crazy busy and overwhelming! 

It just is!

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That is why, long ago, I retrained myself to think small.

Yes, to think, one goal, each year, per child. 

Consequentially, if you simply reflect on the past school year accomplishments you will notice a subject or skill, that your child needs help with to feel real success.

Does this mean you forget the rest of the subjects?

NO! The other subjects are subordinate to the one big goal. 

You have to first and foremost respect the dignity of each unique child.

Each child has a unique set of strengths and challenges. To foster these, by making them the one goal for the year, lays the foundation to real sustained growth. There is plenty of help to do this too!

Here’s an example:

My daughter was nearing nine and was struggling with reading.  She had very real, vision issues that made reading laborious and exhaustive.  Naturally, she had strong resistance to her reading lessons that year. Additionally, she had (still has) a vivid imagination. Quite frankly, the simple Dick and Jane type of readers did not hold her interest. The stories she had created in her head, through her imagination, were far more captivating.

The truth is that real success in reading, real enjoyment in reading, lays the foundation for everything else.

That year, I planned her curriculum with one goal; have her feel real success with reading beginner chapter books.  Every other subject played second fiddle to this.  This subject took priority in everything I choose for her for that year!

I mean everything!


Nothing was added to her curriculum that would curtail her ultimate goal, reading success.

To illustrate; we kept math work to mainly hands-on fun we did no laborious workbooks. I had no worries here, because I knew math skills would come in time. Indeed, at the right time for her to truly master them. Science was accomplished family-style, with weekly read aloud, and fun experiments with her siblings.

I had on hand many games and puzzles to help her strengthen her eye muscles for focusing. We used the library often in search of topics she loved for read aloud time and reading practice.

Fast forward 18+ years to today.  She graduated from Christendom College with honors, and get this, she worked a career in copyediting!

Really awesome, right!!

I have taught this methodology and practice to hundreds of families too!  It works and sets the stage for your child to feel a real sense of success and be a life-long learner!

Oh by the way, I designed some handy reflection worksheets for this process in my popular FREE Planning Guide. I call it the Get Ready to Thrive in Your Homeschool Guide.  Did you get your FREE copy? CLICK HERE NOW.

Now its your turn, what will be your children’s one goal? Share in the comments below or join us in the Catholic Homeschool Community, where we are building Catholic Culture together through our homeschool journey!

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