My two youngest boys are 6.5 and 5.5 years old. Since they could toddle around, my husband and I expected them to help with family "jobs" such as cleaning up toys, throwing away trash, helping to set the table, etc. One of their favorites was the "beat the timer" game where I would set the oven timer for say five minutes and see if they could pick up all their toys before the timer went off. Another favorite is a race game where they would compete with each other to see who could put away the most toys. My boys love competition and games! They also love money and clipboards!
That's where today's post comes in! To create independence so I don't have to
Just like in the classroom, I call chores jobs because, well, it seems a little more fun and important. So I have been seeing all these cute decorated clipboards all over Pinterest. Now, I am not all that crafty even though I used to make these-
Next comes the job sheet. Here is what I created:
I laminated these, cut apart and placed on the clipboards. The boys will use Expo markers to check off each
The clipboards are placed on a table in my office. They know that each morning after breakfast, they are to get their clipboards and begin their jobs. With a job, comes the need for a supervisor. I got this next idea from the Dr. Jean workshop I attended a few weeks ago.
There's the supervisor! He's the one that will be in charge of making sure he and his brother get their job sheets each morning. He will also let me know at the end of the day when the jobs are completed. And, he will get the wallets for payday (I'll talk about that next time!) They will alternate being the "super" visor!
Isn't this a hoot! I bought foam visors from the dollar store. And wrote "super" on the front with a sharpie.
Above is my 6.5 year old checking his job sheet for the first time. Don't let the smile fool you! Right after I snapped the pic, he jokingly said, "I quit!". I replied, "If you quit your job, then you don't get paid!".
And that is where I will pick up tomorrow. I'll talk about how they get "paid" and the wallets they made to keep their "money".
Do you have any creative ways for motivating your kids to complete chores? Please share! I'd love to read your ideas!
Smile! It's almost the weekend!