First, I print the chart in color and put it in a sheet protector. Then I use double-sided tape (the foamy kind) or sticky tack to put on wall. Since I want to reuse these charts, I use a dry erase crayon to check mark what he has completed.
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT MAKE MY SON DO ALL OF HIS MORNING AND ALL OF HIS AFTERNOON CHORES!
For example, yesterday, I washed our kitchen rags. He hung them on my multi-clip hanger and we put them out to dry. When they were dry later that day, we brought them in and he un-clipped them from the hanger clips and folded them for me. He enjoyed doing all of it. So, he got three checks for the day for the three things he did.
But today, he only watered the plants out front, so he only go one. It doesn’t matter, as long as he’s contributing with something daily. I have noticed that he has more initiative and asks to help with chores that are on the list (because he knows he can). It is wonderful. He feels such a great sense of accomplishment. You should see his smile when I check stuff off the list. It’s big.
Once we get into our regular homeschooling schedule, whenever we get to our Afternoon Chores time (yes, it’s in the schedule), I will let him know what I am up to (baking, washing, etc) in which he can help. And I also plan on asking him to pick something he would like to help with and, if time permits, we do it. I just hope we don’t get to the point where he is asking to help with baking daily because I can’t afford to be trying to lose weight later, haha.
Just to reiterate, I never make him do all of these afternoon chores every day; they are only a guideline, as opposed to his morning chores, which are mandatory (brushing teeth, washing face, etc). The morning chores take him about 6-8 minutes every morning.
|The two afternoon chore charts are hanging in our laundry room. This is an editable chart by ModEcoKids.com, but the website doesn’t exist anymore. I have listed great alternatives at the bottom of this post.|
|MORNING CHART (MANDATORY)|
Click here to read our Bedroom Cleaning Chart for Preschoolers and Toddlers (FREE Printable included).
This is a great quote from inspiring Moms on Facebook:
“Before you jump to ‘do’ for your kids, ask yourself if you are doing something that they could be doing for themselves. If you ‘do’ it all, how are your kids going to learn to become self-sufficient, hard-working, and responsible? One of the best things you can do for your kids–and yourself is to let them do for themselves.
Your job is to provide encouragement and praise to motivate them to do more and more and more. Before you know it, your kids will be leading you. They can absolutely do anything, yet they will never know what they are capable of doing until you let them try, try, and try again. Step back and watch them go. They will soar!”
Other Chore Chart Resources:
Matching Chore Chart
Chore Chart to Replace ModEcoKids chart
Printable Blank Chore Charts
Kid Pointz chore charts