A daily chore chart can help get your children involved in household chores while building self-confidence and teaching time management skills. Toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school children, and older can all benefit from having a daily chore chart thatís appropriate for their age level.
You can purchase a ready-made daily chore chart at a stationery store, but itís very easy to make your own. Older children may enjoy designing and decorating their own. Toddlers can help decorate a homemade chore chart by coloring it and adding their favorite stickers or other decorations.
To make a daily chore chart, all you need is a letter-sized sheet of paper, pen or market, and a ruler. With the ruler, create eight columns. Label one ĎChoresí and name the rest for the days of the week.
Next, make as many rows as you need for the chores you are assigning your child. If your child can read, write the name of each chore in the ĎChoresí column. If the chore chart is for a younger child, draw pictures that you child can associate with each chore. For example, if you would like your two-year-old to make his bed, you can draw a picture of a made bed in the chore column. Draw a picture of a favorite toy to remind your child to pick up his toys at the end of the day.
When you have created the chore chart, you can use it as a template so you donít need to redraw it each week. Photocopy it onto construction paper or another durable paper whenever you need a new one.
Hang the chore chart where your child can see it easily. You can use magnets to hang it on the fridge, or tape it to a cupboard door in the kitchen.
Each time a chore is completed, you can give your child a sticker to place in that dayís column to show that the chore was completed. An older child may prefer to check her chores off herself as she completes them.
Some families celebrate a day or week of completed chores with a small reward. You could put a ribbon at the end of the chart for each day that all the chores were completed. For an older child, you could allow half an hour of television after chores are completed. The reward should motivate your child to complete chores on time, so choose something that fits with your family and your childís interests
When you use a daily chore chart, you can help your child succeed at completing his chores on schedule. Ensure your child has enough time each day to finish assigned chores. Keep chores age appropriate. Toddlers can help make beds and wipe up messes. Preschoolers can clear and set the table and help prepare meals. School age children can fold and put away laundry and help wash the car.
As some chores become habit, like making your bed in the morning, they can be removed from the chore chart. and be replaced with your childís new responsibilities.
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