September 12, 2007
So this Works For Me Wednesday is all about chore charts. I love chore charts but using them consistently never worked for me, I would never remember the stickers or I would forget half way through the day for the next step to be followed. My kids loved them (they LOVE routine, wonder where they get that from??) but they felt like they were my charts. Then someone introduced me to Accountable Kids! Well, I loved the idea, but I couldn't justify to dear hubby spending $200.00 on chore charts so I did the next best thing and made one up myself. So here are my Responsible Kids charts:
This is one of my DD's charts. Each child has their own chart, DS is on a square not a heart!
The Wooden Chart:
Each of these wooden cut outs came from Michael's, when I bought them they weren't painted and they didn't have the pegs inserted in them so I did it. I chiseled out a small hole in each heart and then put a light drop of super glue in the hole and next I pushed in a small dowel. I spray painted the whole thing and then decoupaged the names and stickers on. So now that the actual chart was made it was time to add the chore cards.
Each child has a set of cards for their chart. The chores to be accomplished in the morning are yellow, afternoons are green, and evenings are blue. After the child has accomplished a chore they flip the card.
The chore cards are printed on card stock with a clip art picture and the written instructions. Then a poster hanger sticky was put on the back so the cards would hang from the pegs on the wooden frame. I absolutely LOVE this chore chart. The kids are responsible for their own charts and they simply look and see what needs to be turned to stay on task.
The Reward System:
Every chore chart needs a reward system and ours uses a bead system. When your chores are completed in the morning you get one bead, afternoon - one bead, and evening - one bead. Then you can use those beads to have computer time or TV time. If they want to save the beads in their jar and not use them for computer time or TV time then when the jar is full they can turn it in for a Dad/Mom approved award. DS really wants an MP3 player so he is working towards that. (We also take away beads for bad attitudes, bad behavior and we reward for good behavior!)
The smaller jar is one of their jars to hold their beads (Michaels for $1.00) and the larger jar holds the beads until they are retrieved. So that is my Works for Me Wednesday. Head over to Shannon's for more great ideas.