The GOAT Program? You must be kidding! What in the world does a goat have to do with education or life skills, unless perhaps you live on a farm, right? Wrong! The
GOAT Program, created by Greg Para and Pearl Dahmen, is an exciting resource designed to help young people systematically learn the fundamental elements of goal setting, problem solving, and time management by utilizing an imagery approach. It appeals to both right brain (creative) and left brain (linear) thinkers.
But how does the goat fit into the plan? GOAT is actually an acronym
for three different aspects of the program:
Goals Go On And Try / Greatest Of All Treasures
Included in the GOAT program set I received
is a soft-cover student training workbook, a soft-cover companion
guide, and an e-book on an interactive CD, which includes both
the workbook and companion guide. The website, www.thegoatprogram.com,
lists the success kit at $54.95 (including shipping/handling),
and it will also include a worksheet CD and five affirmation
cards in addition to the components I received. There is also
an option for an eStart kit for $19.95 (including shipping/handling),
which contains only the e-book and the worksheet CD. Each of
the books can be purchased separately on the site as well.
The student workbook is divided into two parts. The first is
the theory section, which helps students understand the history,
foundation, concepts, and imagery of the program. For example,
an alligator represents excuses and limiting beliefs that hinder
a person from reaching goals, and a pirate skeleton represents
negative influences. The second part of the workbook provides
practical applications, with practice in using and implementing
The Companion Guide is identical to the student workbook except
that it includes four color-coded boxes on each page to provide
the parent, teacher, or facilitator with more ideas and concepts
to be covered. The four boxes provide a Life Lesson (LL), Page
Objective (PO), Instructional Concept (IC), and Suggested Exercises
(SE). Various learning styles and teaching techniques are addressed
The student workbook is filled with "Gold Coins"--each representing an important idea or concept that the student needs to understand and apply. These sections are fill-in-the-blank exercises designed to add information to the student's "treasure
chest of knowledge."
Students are systematically taught how to set goals, identify objectives,
and develop a list of actions needed to succeed. Students are taught how
to distinguish between objectives and actions and also how to identify
the excuses and limiting beliefs (alligators) and negative influences
(pirate skeleton) that can keep them from accomplishing these things.
Last of all, students are shown how timelines and time management skills
can help them complete their list of actions to accomplish their objectives
and, ultimately, reach their goals.
When I first began looking over the GOAT Program, I thought it
might be too complicated, involved, or overwhelming for me or for my children
to use. But as I caught the vision and grasped the concepts of this systematic
approach, I re-evaluated my opinion. Now I believe that using the GOAT
Program to set goals, create objectives, list actions, and utilize
timelines is indeed very doable! In fact, I think my twelve-year-old son
will benefit greatly from using the GOAT Program. I also plan to use it
myself to achieve some writing goals I have been putting off for too long.
The life skills presented in this program are excellent for people of
all ages--and they are skills that I especially want my children to have.
What an advantage!
You can visit www.thegoatprogram.com for more information, testimonials,
and product offerings. There is even a section on the site just for homeschoolers.
Check it out, and remember one of the GOAT mottoes--Go On And Try! You'll be
glad you did!