Back to Home School Goals Worksheet for Tweens & Teens

Ready or not…it is back to (home) school time! This back to school goals worksheet will help your older kids choose some fun things to focus on this school year.

As they work their way through the worksheet, they’ll get the chance to list a variety of things they’d like to pursue throughout the year.

This printable will help you understand your tween’s goals and interests, which you can use to move beyond the core classes in your homeschool.

Graphics of a back to school worksheet for tweens against a pastel watercolor graphic.

This goals planning page gives tweens a chance to think about what they’d like their school year to look like.

Homeschool Goals

Tweens and teens are at an age where they should have some input into their schooling. However, too often, when you ask them what they’d like to learn, you get a shoulder shrug or an “I don’t know.”

Older kids love to give their opinions and most want to have a say in their homeschool. But, in general, they don’t always know exactly what they want.

That’s why I love using worksheets like this one. It includes specific topics for them to focus on, so they’re not starting from scratch.

With this page, they’ll have the opportunity to think outside of their core classes and focus on the extras. It’s a simple way to start a deeper conversation about school.

In fact, you’ll gain some cool insights into their goals and interests.

The beginning of the year is the perfect time to work on important life skills like planning and goal setting. This tool will make it easy for you.

As you get ready to start another school year – homeschooling middle school, make sure you take a moment to set some goals together.

Back to School Goals Worksheet

One thing I love about this goal sheet is that you can use it as a fun back to school activity or a way to tailor your homeschool plan to your child’s interests.

Middle school is the perfect time to begin incorporating your tweens’ hobbies and passions into their schooling.

For example, when my oldest was around 10, she gained an appreciation for coins. She quickly knew that it was something she wanted to pursue as a career.

As a matter of fact, I made sure her lessons regularly included coins. She wrote papers about them, referenced them in history, we took field trips to see them, and I built her electives around them.

This FREE worksheet includes six different topics that will help your tween easily answer the question, “what do you want to do this year?”.

They include:

  • books they want to read
  • life skills to learn
  • a new hobby to explore
  • field trips they’d like to take
  • electives they’re interested in
  • a way to help others

Then, after you print the page, you can either sit down and fill it out together or give it your tweens and let them do it on their own.

What if your kids aren’t interested in a topic that’s listed? Skip it. Just use what works for your family. And if you’d rather come up with your own topics, there’s a blank page for you to write your own.

After your older kids finish, take some time together and make a plan for how you’ll incorporate the things they’ve listed into your homeschool.

You’ll find the printable worksheet at the bottom of the post.

Graphic of 5 arms with hands holding up letters spelling goals.

How To Fill Out the Back to School Goals Worksheet

This printable is an easy way to help your kids set a few broad goals for the new school year.

However, before you get started, make sure your kids understand the basics of how to set goals.

Then, move on to the printable. Here are a few tips for helping your tweens and teens fill out the different sections of this back to school goals worksheet.

3 Books I Want to Read

Encourage your child to select interesting books to read during the year. Let them know whether the titles they choose should be for school or for pleasure.

To make it even more exciting, invite a few friends to start a middle school book club. This will give everyone a chance to have discussions about what they’re reading.

Life Skills to Learn

When your tweens are thinking about life skills to focus on, they should choose something they’re interested in learning or a skill that will help them grow.

A New Hobby to Explore

Is there something your tween has always wanted to try? Make this the year!

With this in mind, after they jot down a couple of ideas, work together to choose something that works with your family’s schedule and budget.

Helpful Homeschooling Tools

Brother Compact Color PrinterBrother Compact Color PrinterBrother Compact Color PrinterMagnetic Dry Erase White BoardMagnetic Dry Erase White BoardMagnetic Dry Erase White BoardScotch Thermal LaminatorScotch Thermal LaminatorScotch Thermal LaminatorSlim Rolling Storage CartSlim Rolling Storage CartSlim Rolling Storage Cart


3 Field Trips I Want to Take

Without a doubt, homeschool field trips can be fun and educational. So, let your tween think outside of the box to come up with a couple of places they’d like to visit this year.

3 Electives I’m Interested In

When kids hit middle school, it’s important that their schedule includes core courses and some fun electives. This will make school more interesting for them and will help prepare them for high school.

Talk to your tweens about their interests and see if you can turn them into electives.

A Way to Help Others

It’s essential that we teach tweens to think of others instead of just themselves. That’s why I’ve included a section on helping others on the worksheet.

Talk to your kids and find a way they can give back this year. They can help your family, a neighbor, or your community.

Image of two goal planning pages for homeschooled tweens

Remind your students to keep their goals posted in a place they can see and review them regularly!

They can even set new ones if they accomplish these before the end of the school year.

Hopefully, after your tweens fill out this goal sheet, you’ll both have a better idea of how to make this an amazing school year.

Grab your copy below!

More Back to Homeschool Ideas

As you head back to school, here are some awesome ideas you can use to make it enjoyable for you and your middle schoolers.

Don’t forget to grab your back to school goals worksheet!