Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Our Responsibility Chart

We've implimented a new responsibility chart in our house that is just as much for PapaBear and I as it is for the cubs. It isn't fancy and the reward is very simple. A penny for each sticker they earn. We are trying instill good habits and a sense of accomplishment in doing things for themselves. We've been at it about a week now and the kid's {loudly} announce before bedtime that it's time to PUT ON THEIR STICKERS!!!! Here's our list:

Pick up room
Make bed
Pick up playroom
brush teeth A.M.
brush teeth P.M.
pick up downstairs
read Bible
stay dry at nap (Julia only)
stay dry at bedtime (Julia only)
stay in room (Sam only)
sleep in bed (Sam only)

They get a special jar for putting their pennies in, separate from their three allowance jars. They love counting their money each night and I love the opportunity to ask them questions about their day and ask them how it feels to accomplish their goals.

* schoolwork in our house means anything that is educational focused. I am well aware of the benefit of incorporating learning into every day activities, but we are also trying to be more intentional in preparing the kids for school. We keep it fun and we keep it short (only one activity in a day unless they ask to do another).

Here are some of the 'schoolwork' activities we do:
We have a few workbooks that the kids complete a few pages in.
We sit around our globe in the library and look up the locations they pick off of their geography cards.
We read through our Usborne Telling Time Flashcards.
Playing with the calculator on my phone.

A new school work activity we'll be adding to our routine is a game that helps with math (something Sam is VERY interested in right now). When I was contacted by the promotion team at CSN Stores about doing a review of one of their products I was very excited to find the Piece of Pizza game on one of their 200+ online stores. Most everyone has done some shopping online by now and I have to say CSN's websites were very user friendly. I loved how I could narrow down my search by price range, type of item, style, brand, and even how quickly I needed it shipped. Sometimes too many choices can be a bad thing, but the Toys and Games Online site made it a piece of pizza in this case.

While the point of visiting their site was to blog about it and pick a product to review, I have to say that I'll be going back on my own to their kids furniture to shop for bedding for Julia's room soon. She's really close to being ready for a twin bed and I want to find the perfect bedding for her. The "Narrow Your Search" option on the left hand side is going to make it a breeze! Now if only if getting her to stay in her bed will be that easy!

Hopefully the responsibility chart will be old hat for her by then that the simple joy of getting a sticker and a penny for staying in bed will be enough!

Do you use a responsibility chart? What kinds of things are on your chart? Are there other educational activities that you are being intentional about doing as often as you can?

Do share!

Oh, and to satisfy the legal folks who want to know: I will be receiving compensation for writing this post in the form of a Piece of Pizza game and my readers will be given the opportunity to enter to win one as a part of the product review post compliments of CNS Stores.


Recovering Procrastinator March 24, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

We have tried a responsibility chart for our 5yo and just checking things off was reward enough for her. But Hubby and I got lax about using it and now it's lost. Most of these things we try work well for a couple of weeks and then we lose the discipline to continue them.

Gretta March 24, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

I wish I could be more dedicated to a responsibility chart but I find that after about a month I am the one not disciplined enough to keep it going. Yours sounds like a wonderful technique and I hope it goes great for you. I would love to win that game too. We begin homeschooling soon & I can't wait.

escatellier March 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM  

What a great idea!

Kim March 24, 2010 at 4:05 PM  

LOOOOOVE the pic on top! Long time no chat... how are you!!!

Erin March 24, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

We need to start a responsibility chart but how is that different then chores.. What do your charts look like?

Jenney March 24, 2010 at 8:29 PM  

We need to get a responsiblilty chart going for Snug. Right now I feel like I just make him do everything I can't get around to/physically push myself to accomplish. He loves to work hard, and he likes to be needed. I need the chart so I'm not taking advantage of him!

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