Chore Chart

Summer break started off with a bang and a sprint out of the school gates.  Then, we had a few trips, routine shaken up a little, naps were skipped, and meals not fully eaten…you get the picture.  Things weren’t like they were when everyone was in school still.  Before I knew it, I had an almost five-year old screaming at me, “YOU MAKE ME DO EVERYTHING!!!”

Y’all, it was all I could do not to laugh.  I am sorry my future internet-surfing child, if you are reading this, but take this gem and use it yourself one day.

Rather than giving up and continuing to do everything, I thought like a teacher.  Funny how hard that can be to do for your own children, especially when you ARE a teacher.  I ordered these pocket charts  from Amazon and hung them on the fridge with their handy magnet attachments.  It was instant OOOHS and AAAHS from my wanna be teacher daughter.

Then, I made a series of notecards.  These are first drafts, and may get updated later with lamination and clearer images.  We will see how long they last abuse from almost two-year old son.  Anyhow, when said chore is done, she takes the card from the yellow side and transfers it to the blue side.  Yesterday morning, she was done with all but 1 card by 10 AM!  She was begging me to find some clean clothing to put away so she could transfer her last card.  I am just hoping the newness and novelty of this card chore system doesn’t wear off.  Maybe if it does, that is when I up the ante and make sparkly cards!  I am dying of laughter at the though of glittery chore cards – how she would love them.

Seriously though, the best part of this system though?  Little brother is watching and mimicking!  Soon I will have two politely trained kids, right?!  I can dream.

Since it was a four pocket chart set, the other two are now handy holders for the magnet shapes set.  It corrals the extra pieces nicely, and creates an empty workspace for their creations.

How do you encourage your kids to help out?  I love tips on raising thoughtful and helpful children.

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