I made a chore chart, for both the girls! I found it at the Confessions of a Homeschooler blog under the My Printables tab. Here's what it looks like on our wall in the dining room.
Sweet Pea has the first two rows, the third row is for supplies, and the fourth and fifth rows are for Babydoll
Every day they have their chore cards listed next to their names (I turned their name cards around). As they complete the chores throughout the day they can move the cards down to their lower row, next to the "All Done!"
At the end of the day, I give them tickets for whatever chores they completed that day. At the end of the week they can spend those tickets on small prize items.
If they are able to complete ALL of their chores they get a sticker on their reward card. Completed rewards cards can be exchanged for more special prizes. Yesterday I bought Sweet Pea a pair of cute monkey slippers that were on clearance, she'll get them when she completes her reward card!
After giving them their tickets or stickers I look through my stack of chore cards and pick out their chores for the next day, and put them up on the chart for them to see in the morning.
I'm still not sure about the ticket system though. It seems like a lot of cards to spend at the end of the week, a lot of
junk prizes to buy, hang on to, and deal with. I'm still working that out. Perhaps the tickets can be traded in for the type of things that COAH suggested (gum, erasers, fun pencils, stickers, candy) or some amount of money for their piggy banks.
These cards are for outstanding behavior and can be used for really special things, activities, privileges, etc.
These were Sweet Pea's chores today. Make her bed, do her daily reading, set the table for dinner, and clean the litter box. Yesterday she decided to play with Moon Dough before checking to see if she finished her chores, so she ran out of time to get her last one done. She realized she hadn't folded a load of laundry three minutes before bedtime. She was so bummed to not be getting a sticker for the day that she actually cried. It was pretty sad, but sweet - in a relieved-mommy kind of way.
Babydoll's chores today were to mop the floor (which she did this morning), vacuum (which she did at about 4:30), and feed the animals.
Both the kids completed all of their chores, and they did them with a great attitude! Two days in and it's going pretty great.. I just hope this lasts longer than their interested in dishes lasted!