Day 2 is upon us and we are learning a bit about responsibility today. I finally completed their chore charts yesterday, so we are wasting no time in implementing those. I was going for a very cutesy chore chart, but conceded to the fact that I couldn't find the materials that I needed without spending a fortune, so I made the next best thing: an economical, simple chore chart.
-Cookie sheet (Dollar Tree), but check to see if it's magnetic first
-Wood Shoppe Wooden Nickel cutout circles (Hobby Lobby)
-Tree House Studio paint marker (Hobby Lobby)
-Craft Magnets (Hobby Lobby)
-Fine point Sharpies
All together I spent under $15 for the three charts with leftover materials to boot. I plan to hang them using the 3M Command Strip picture hangers.
Each child has an age-appropriate chart. Some of their chores are part of their daily routine, but the visual cues will hopefully decrease the number of times I have to repeat myself to get these daily tasks done. The oldest has five chores: make bed, get dressed, brush teeth, clear dishes from table (which I move over before each meal), and clean up toys. The middle has four chores: make bed, get dressed, brush teeth, and clean up toys. The youngest has three: get dressed, brush teeth, clean up toys.
Once they completed their chore, they happily ran over to their charts and moved their circle to the done side. We will continue to add to these as more tasks become age-appropriate, but I am happy with what we have now. It gives everyone a sense of responsibility and they feel a sense of accomplishment.