If nothing else, the one thing that sets HoneyFern apart is our individual learning plan for students.
Before a student's first day at HoneyFern, I sit down with them in their home, generally for several hours, and I talk with them about what they love. Sometimes they know right away, sometimes we need to walk all the way around the neighborhood before we find the right house. After we do that, we try to find a way to incorporate what they love or what interests them into a real-life project from which all of their academics will stem. Then we break the project into manageable chunks, and then we break it into even smaller chunks. Once they actually walk through Honeyfern's door, we can break it down even futher into a daily schedule, if necessary.
All of this boils down to goal setting: what do you want to accomplish? What is your goal?
La Petite is building a house.
Will is building a go-kart.
Ella is hatching her own eggs and building a chicken coop.
Sarah is building a hydroponic greenhouse (blog coming soon).
Quinn is learning how to cook, studying economics and putting together a business plan for his the restaurant he will open after he finishes his career in the NFL.
Alec is _________ (don't know as of this writing; he starts Wednesday, and we work on this process today!)
We can see in our everyday work the transformative power of setting goals, and we have experience in doing so, but this blog outlines clearly the value of goal setting and gives five tips to help you set your own goals with students. Keeping in mind that goal setting takes time; practice and support will help ensure success!