Last month while browsing blogs, I discovered a new chore chart that I was really excited about. Part of my excitement was the fact that I already had the pocket chart (though mine is WAY too big and I had to fold it in half and pin it to make it shorter), so all I had to do was print out the cards, laminate them, cut everything out, and get started!
clean up prizes already being given out, I didn't want a surplus of small useless odds and ends laying around. I was also a little worried about the cost of the larger prizes adding up.
The girls also like that everything is visual - they can see exactly what chores they need to accomplish that day, and it's satisfying for them to physically move the chore cards down to the "all done" row. They also like that their chores are not the same every day, except for the homework and pet-related cards.
I also love that it changes every day. Chore charts in the past haven't worked because our chore needs change all the time. I needed to be able to customize it every day. Every night or morning I can decide what I want them to do based on what needs to be done. If I know there will be a load of kids laundry that needs to get started in the morning, I can assign that chore to Sweet Pea. If the floors aren't too dirty but could use a light mopping I can assign it to Babydoll. If I have a sink full of pots and large stuff to wash, I'm not going to assign dishes to either of them... it's just too much for them to get clean. I love the daily customization it allows!
Every day Sweet Pea (age 8) is assigned the same two chores: Homework (which includes her daily reading aloud, spelling practice, and the once-per-week worksheets that come home), and filling the dog and cat's water bowl. Then depending on the day she usually has 2 more chores, but if it's going to be a really busy evening I'll only give her one more so she has the best chance at succeeding. Every day Babydoll (age 4) is assigned "feed dog" and "feed cat" and is given two other chores based on our needs that day.
Some of the chores Sweet Pea gets are: clean litter box, start laundry, fold laundry, clean bedroom, vacuum, sweep kitchen, mop kitchen, make bed, and empty dishwasher. Some of Babydoll's have been: sweep kitchen, mop kitchen, fold laundry, pick up bathroom (keep things put away and tidy, not actually cleaning it), dishes (sort of), make bed, clean bedroom, and set the table for dinner.
The very best part of this new system? I haven't had to beg/plead/nag at all! I simply ask (if I even have to) if they finished their chores, and with a quick look they can either answer that they had, or can choose to do the chore. It isn't a power struggle, I don't fret if they don't get every chore done or punish them for it, they simply get a "lesser" reward (which really isn't even a lesser reward consider the "bigger" prizes are still pretty cheap!) They have been doing their chores now for one month without complaining or grumbling, except a couple times when they were bummed to have the same chore two days in a row.
So there you go folks, a chore chart that actually works and is fun for the kids! I wish I could take credit for it but I can't. I found it at Confessions of a Homeschooler. You can find the link in my initial post about this chart, here.