Once last school year ended, I determined that my next task in parenting needed to be organizing how we do chores. I tend to be overly organized, but the thought of printing out chore cards and such overwhelmed me. I was going to do it, but it still overwhelmed me. Then I saw this come up on the Homeschool Review Crew schedule: The Everyday Family Chore System by Everyday Homemaking. I love that this organizes chores in the same way I would have!
What is the Everyday Family Chore System?
This is more than just a chore chart. If that were it, you could easily search Pinterest for a chore solution. This is a how-to manual, a developmental guide to chores, a set of chore cards ready to be printed. This is:
- an encouragement to think Biblically about chores and running the house; a nuanced explanation of why teaching kids these skills is important
- a write up of realistic expectations of what each age should be able to do, along with a chart for easy reference
- a design for delegating responsibilities
- a way to distinguish between daily and weekly chores
- a visual to help children remember to do their chores
- a set of how-to cards and an explanation of why to use those cards (let the card be the “bad guy” and not you!)
- encouragement and instruction on how to teach young children to do chores, and at what age we can expect them to have these chores mastered
How did we use The Everyday Family Chore System?
She has a page describing what a clean room looks like, and another reviewing the morning/bedtime routines. I took that idea and created my own. I printed them on cardstock and laminated them. Then, I made the chore chart. Mine looks different than the one in her book because I wanted it to match our sons’ picture schedule (an autism tool meant to help kids know what comes next in the day). I blotted out that in the picture above for copyright purposes. So, instead of a long chart with clothes pins holding on the chore cards, I used velcro. Then, the green pouch on the side contains all the extra chore cards and the how-to cards.
I put these on the wall with clear tacks. My son pulled out his toy hammer and made sure it was securely on the wall.
My son had so much fun helping me put this together. He is such a rule follower that for the first few days, he was really into reminding us what jobs we all had. That quickly waned when we reminded him of his jobs.
This is fantastic! This is exactly how I would have done a chore chart, but left to myself, I was just planning to do the chore chart. With this, having the morning routine and such in an easily accessible spot, and at eye level of my first grader, things actually get done.
And with that, I need to do wash the dishes!
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