When we started homeschooling, I knew that I had to find a ‘chore system’ that would work for my children. I knew that if I didn’t I’d be constantly reminding them to ‘get dressed, brush your teeth, take out the trash, etc’. I had intended to use the ‘chore pack system‘ as used by the Duggars (19 Kids and Counting) and blogged about at ‘Women Living Well‘ (among other places). I just hadn’t gotten around to getting/making the chore packs and we had started school. Because my kids knew my plans, which resulted in weekly money, they were ready and raring to go regarding their chores. I ended up writing their chores out on their white boards which was messy and unorganized……which I can’t stand. We went to Wal-Mart for whatever reason that week and I came across these:
These are dry erase circles and they have ‘To Do’, ‘Weekly’, and ‘Notes’. They were on clearance for $4 for the pack of 3, so we decided to go that route. The kids couldn’t wait to get home and put them up. They decided that their doors are the place for them to be.
Each kid has their own ‘daily’ chores like showering, teeth/brush hair/deodorant, SOS (our curriculum), the extra homework add ons I’ve done, etc. They also have an extra chore daily that is done on a weekly basis.
The 2 ‘big girls’ get $1 daily. If they don’t have a good attitude or I have to remind them more than once to do any of their chores, I take away $.25 at a time. So far, it is working wonderfully. They know what they have to do and I don’t spend my time griping that their hair isn’t brushed or that the trash is overflowing.
As they finish their chores, they put a checkmark by the chore and at the end of the day I check them and record their money earned in a book. Then we erase the checkmarks to be ready for the next day. I often write little notes on the ‘Notes’ circle such as, “Great job today! or Thanks for being helpful, etc”.
What do you do with you children to get their chores done? Did it work long term or fizzle out when the ‘newness’ wore off? Any suggestions for me to add to make the system better?