Thursday, April 2, 2009

Chores!

Since I am homeschooling, I am going to be with my children almost everyday for at least 16 more years. I figure I shouldn't be doing all the housework on my own. Besides needing some help to keep up with things, the girls need to learn some responsibility. So begins training the children. Mary Helen is my first victim.


Actually, Mary Helen loves being helpful, so she's happy to have things to do to help Mommy each day. I try to be near her for some of her chores (I'm doing something in the kitchen while she unloads the dishwasher for example) so we are spending time together. To make the job easier and more fun, I created some charts. I have also made labels for our toy bins that I hope to get up today.


Here is her chore chart. It is laminated so I can write in a chore under afternoon, and she can mark off what she's done if she wants to. Click on the picture to make it larger. Please don't tell me if I misspelled a word. It's too late now!



So, you see she has to clean her room and get herself ready for the day. How do I define clean and ready? The same way she does? I doubt it. So come these charts that will hang in her room.





If you want to make your own,I used free digital scrapbooking kits from www.shabbyprincess.com and copy and pasted them in publisher (though I'm sure you could do the same thing in word). It was a lot of fun, actually!

15 comments:

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

Oh my word! I love those charts! Especially the one with the pictures! That is beautiful AND practical! I'm so copying...

One Crafty Mumma said...

These are such great charts, what a great idea.
Melx

Holly@MotherIsNotConcerned said...

I made a chore chart for my 6-year-old, but this is a great way to do it for my 3-year-old. Thanks!

Angie said...

I really like this idea. The visual chart would definitely be resourceful for my sons.

Katie said...

The picture cues are so helpful and show her exactly what is expected. Good idea!

Sarah said...

These are AMAZING!! I love them. They are on my weekend to-do list. The picture instructions are the kicker. I don't think I'll be able to make them as pretty as yours but I'll figure something out. What a great idea! Thanks for linking up. Enjoy your weekend.

Sharinskishe said...

Way to go! This is awesome!

Teaching responsibility to kids is the number one thing in my book. After that, everything else is easy. Because....... everything in life is about being responsible!!!

Responsible for our health, body, schooling, safety, finances, relationships, material things, our words, our thoughts, respecting others and property, etc.

You're an awesome mom and so are all the others who have 'got' this. I was late in 'getting' it, but even though playing/teaching catch up is hard, it is totally worth it!!

Keep up the good work! And thanks for sharing!!

Sharinskishe

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Amazing! I've had "chore chart" & "routine chart" on my list of things to do FOREVER and now this little bit of inspiration has gotten me anxious to check those off the list. I love the picture cues! Thank you for sharing this (and how you created it, too).

Thanks also for stopping by my blog to say hello for Kid Friendly Friday!

Sarah said...

Wow, those are fabulous! I never thought of doing a visual chart like that and it's so perfect for younger kids.

kathy said...

I love the idea of showing what the room should look like! What a terrific idea! And I like what you said about since I'm going to be with them almost every day for the next ........years......
Great thought

Have a great weekend!

Elise said...

Ditto to what everyone else said about the photos-great idea!!
Elise

Liz A said...

This is such a great idea, I need to make these for my kiddos. The pictures are great (we're very visual around here)!

Sharon said...

LOVE the picture chore charts! We'll be going that way because the verbal reminders are NOT working.....thanks for a terrific idea!

SkylarKD said...

The photo charts are a great idea - visuals work so much better than verbal reminders!

Paula Constable said...

I LOVE this idea! It works great because it's a great visual for small children. Thanks for stopping by......I love your ideas and creativity!