So many chore charts just don’t work
Over the years I have tried various systems for assigning and checking off the children’s chores. We have had the laminated chore charts with the dry erase marker that inevitably went missing. I have had elaborate lists and charts in my binder, that no one EVER looked at. I even had reminders posted in each location the chore was supposed to be completed in.
We have had a little bit of success with these, but mostly they were abandoned after a time. Recently I discovered a new chore system, and so far it is working well and I think we will stick with it for a long time!
I wanted something beautiful
This system was created by a local friend and fellow blogger over at Singing a New Song. Not only is the system simple, easy to set up, and easy to follow it is also beautiful! Shayla has watercolored each chore in lovely pastels that look lovely in any home.
How it works
The basic way it works is by having each chore for the day on a small card in a stack. The cards hang on a hook and throughout the day as the child completes each chore they move it to another hook. There are options for rewards and also options for character training and habits. At this point we are we are using only the very basic chores just to keep everything very simple.
As far as rewards go you can do whatever suits your family best. I am still wrestling with the place of rewards in a Charlotte Mason education and the goals for our family in general. However I do have a small reward system in place. Each days chores are labeled morning, afternoon, and evening. When each set is completed in it’s proper time my children get a penny in a small empty tea tin. When the tin is full they are allowed to choose a new book or audio book. They have each earned one book so far and it seems to be a hit!
If you are interested in checking out the chore chart visit my friend’s Etsy shop!
Have you found a chore system that works for your family? What are your thoughts and experiences with rewards? Please share in a comment below!