Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chore Charts: A Mother's Helper

This is a "Chore Chart When my three big kids were young I home-schooled them. Life was busy and I needed a chore chart for each child to keep them structured. I got the original kit from Noble Publishing about 12 years ago. I modified it for my children.
Here's how I did it. I got poster board and drew lines with black marker according to how I wanted it set up. I used Velcro with the sticky back side and placed a piece of the rough side on my boards.
I made copies of the little pictures, colored them and glued them onto card stock. I put clear shelf paper or laminate on top to protect them, and placed the soft side of the Velcro on each card.
The original Chore Chart set came with the above pictures. I found it necessary to add to these pictures because I wanted to make them suited to our family. Because I had three children at the time, I needed to make one for each child. At the end of the week, if the children were faithful in doing the things on the chart daily, they got to spend "Mom Money" which I will show in a second.
I found out recently that the laundry photos embarrassed my daughter Victoria. She didn't want any friends who came over to see that. I had no idea. Once in while we'd have a field trip planned so I made those cards.
They didn't have a home-school card so I made that, and since we participated in AWANA, I made those.
My kids were on a chess team so each one got that card to show that they had to practice with each other 5 times a day, or that they had chess class, or a tournament.
I took plain old Monopoly money, added shiny stickers (to make them more special) and covered them in clear plastic.
An easier method for a chore chart is this paper, which also originally came from Noble Publishing. I also, modified this. I wanted to show that teeth were brushed twice a day and added read the Bible.
This is the completed paper chore chart with stickers for doing the chores.
This is my "Mommy Store." One item may be purchased per week at the cost of $7 "Mom Dollars." "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6

10 comments:

Heather said...

what a great idea! i love that you made it more personal to your family too.

A Romantic Porch said...

Kathi, That is a great idea. AND you are a super artist with the cards you made yourself!

Linda said...

Kathi, your chore chart is great and your Mommy Store is fun to look forward to. I made charts for my daughter when she was younger and she would get a little treat. To this day I love to make daily to do list and check off what I accomplish each day. hugs, Linda

Sharon said...

That's so cute Kathi. I love your pictures you drew. That must have really helped the kids and you with their chores! You have great kids because you've been a great mom!

I love you! Sharon

Sherry said...

YOU are so organized! I am embressed.

Michele said...

What wonderful ideas! We have been trying for so long to find a chore system that works and that we could stick to and this looks much better than any I have ever tried. Looking forward to giving it a try!

Elena said...

That is a wonderful idea and sounds like a great way to teach children to be responsable! Thank you for sharing this. I know it will come in handy with Mary:)

jerriann said...

Impressive, uh huh, I'm sending my daughter over here. She will want to make one of her own.

thank you for stopping by my blog, your so funny, we don't name our cattle either. They are some good eating, though. yummy.

Mackenzie said...

Kathy,

This is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing all of your tips for mothers! They are inspiring for the day Mackenzie and I have children! Hope you're having a great week!

Love,
Brittany

Brittany said...

Sorry..I didn't realize I was signed in under Mackenzie's name...I'm using his computer because mine is on the fritz! Love you!

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