Are You Going to Set Back-to-School Goals with Your Kids?

Hi Parents and Teachers,

Have you noticed a pattern on Sprout English’s blog? Each week we focus on a certain theme. The theme may be topic-focused (e.g., Animals) or language-focused (e.g., Simple Present Tense). Sprout English’s theme this week is the Simple Future (using “going to”). We’re featuring a reading lesson from the Library as well as related activities and tips about teaching and reviewing “going to” with your kids or students.

Are you going to help your young learners set some back-to-school goals? September is a month for new beginnings. Your kids are going to make new friends, join new clubs, experiment with new styles, and hopefully even try new foods!

The best way to practice grammar is to use it in a natural scenario. Here is a simple worksheet that you can print out and use with your kids to spark a conversation about goal-setting. If you’re a teacher, you could email this worksheet to the parents of the kids in your class or send it home on the first day. Parents (or teachers), there’s a goal sheet for you too! (See page 2.) What are you going to do differently this year? Feel free to change the categories to suit your own personal lifestyle. Kids can complete the sentence a few times in each box or draw a picture to represent a goal.

After your children are finished writing or drawing their back-to-school goals, ask them to tell you each goal out loud. Your child or student may need to be reminded of the following construction:

be + going to + base verb
I am going to try a new sport this year. (Recreation)
I am going to do my homework right after school this year. (School)
I am going to babysit my sister. (Family)

Give your child your page. Ask your child to review your goals out loud.

You are going to join a book club. (Social)
You are going to drink more water. (Health)

Alternatively, you could take your child’s sheet and repeat his or her goals out loud. For fun, change a few of your child’s goals to the opposite or something silly:

Mom: You are going to eat more junk food! What?
Child: No, Mom! I am going to eat less junk food.
Mom: Oh, okay good. It says here you are going to join a choir!
Child: No, Mom! I hate singing. I am going to join a soccer team.

Now, have your child read your goals to another person in the family. You could even do this over the phone if Grandma or Auntie calls:

Dad is going to drink one cup of coffee per day. (Health)
Mom is going to try new recipes on the weekends. (Home)
I am going to help my brother play hockey. (Family)

I hope you have fun with this activity! Maybe it will even help you stick to your goals.


PS – I am going to write a book this year. I am also going to swim lengths with my daughter. We are going to start our own swim club in September. Who is going to hold me to these goals?


6 Ways to Set Goals with Students by Tanya Trusler
50+ Back-to-School Web Tools for English Learners and Teachers by Shelly Terrell
Guess Whose Goals by Tara Benwell
Setting Goals by Tanya Trusler
A Beautiful Beginning: Creating a Safe Classroom Environment by Shelly Terrell

Tara Benwell

Tara Benwell is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. She is the media director and head writer for ESL-Library, and a contributor to its sister site Sprout English. Tara is the author of an iPad storybook series for kids called Happy Campers Books. Her debut novel, The Proper Order of Things is available on Amazon and in the iBookstore.

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