Set a Goal, Get a Goal

A Reading of the book

For Parents

  • After reading the book to your child you can work together to create a short list of goals appropriate for your child.
  • What would he or she like to do better? Soccer? dance? sing? What would he or she like to do to help in the house? Help with recycling? tidy his/her toys?
  • After you make a list, choose one to start with. Ask your child when they want to have this goal met? Discuss how this can be met and what steps need to be taken to get there.
  • Ask them questions like “what happens if you fall down?” Or “what will you do if you don’t succeed right away?”
  • Encourage them to understand that things may take time but the more they practice and the more they try, the closer they will get to meeting that goal.

Discussion Questions

Parents, after you have read the story to your child, we encourage you to have a dialogue with them by asking the following questions.

  1. What is a goal?
  2. What was the monkey’s goal?
  3. When did he want to be able to do this?
  4. What did he do first on his journey to meeting his goal?
  5. Did anyone help him?
  6. Should we help friends? Why?
  7. Does setting a goal always mean we have to win something?
  8. Is it always easy to get our goals?
  9. Do we give up if we fall down?
  10. How do you think the monkey felt when he learned to swim and reached his goal?