Friday, October 23, 2009

According to my 5 year old....

...this is very blog-worthy!

Normally, I don't blog about this kind of thing but when your 5 year old says "Oh, Mama! You should put this on your blog." Well, you just gotta take her advice, right?

John and I have been trying to get our family system a little more organized. You know, family rules, schedules for our days, blah blah blah. One of the things we decided on was making a tangible, physical way for our children to see what chores they have left. In our house when a child turns 4 years old they are old enough to be assigned daily chores. So, that means Lilly and Luke are our little work :)

The idea is pretty simple really. Use whatever theme you want- soccer balls going into a goal, food going from a plate to a mouth, etc. I chose money and piggy banks. You have a slip of paper with the chores on it:

Aren't my pennies so life like?? Hey, I majored in psychology not art...bare with me. You keep them in some little pocket contraption depending on your theme:

And then in the morning or during the day the child can pull out a piece of paper and read what chores they have yet to do. Once they are done they move that piece of paper over to the other pocket contraption:

We decided that for every night they completed all of their chores they would get a sticker on their chart and after an alloted time if they had so many stickers they would get a treat of some kind.

Like I said, it's a very simple concept but I'm hoping it will save me from going horse every morning from saying "Lilly? Did you get ______ done??" or "Luke, you still haven't _______"

Because, let's face it, I homeschool. I hear myself talk enough. :)




Keri said...

Very cute idea. I will definately file that one away for future use:)

Marie said...

Who made that cute pig? That is such a great idea! This post made me miss you.

Amanda said...

Aw! Thanks! I made the pigs. I'm not much of an artist!

Tracey said...

Great idea! Love how visual and uncomplicated your system is!

blessedmama said...

What a clever idea!! God totally led me here because we're in desperate need of something like this. THANK YOU!!

Katie said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

MyJourneyBack said...

Great idea. Great post. Great taking advice. LOL.
Thanks for sharing.