Tuesday, May 31, 2011

H is for Helping Hands

H is the letter this week for the ABC's of homeschooling meme. My H is for Helping Hands.
My helping hands!
If there's one thing I believe strongly in its my children helping out around the house and contributing. They are only 4 and 5 1/2 but they have chores and have had them for some time.

Some of the chores they currently do are:
-pick up their toys at least once a day
-bring their laundry to the laundry room and sort it - whites, lights and darks
-feed the ferret
-assist in folding and putting away laundry
-vacuum their bedroom

My personal  belief is that children are part of a family unit and should do certain chores without receiving a reward. With that being said once I am home full-time and homeschooling they will have two types of chores. The chores they do because they are part of the family and the chores they can choose to do to earn a reward. I feel that this will teach them a valuable lesson in that if they choose to go above and beyond what is being asked of them then they get rewarded, much like the real world works with raises and job promotions (well most of the time).

I am pretty sure we are going to be using the chore chart we picked up at the dollar store and maybe some stickers, magnets or markers to help us track their chores.
Chore chart from dollar tree
Rewards will be either money or maybe small toys from the dollar store, I haven't quite decided. I like the idea of money because then we can work in some lessons on finances, like why we save money, why we give to others etc.

Feel free to share your thoughts!


Lizzie said...

I have spent their whole lives with chore charts up. Every morning before they eat, they are to do their chores. For the last 12 some odd years. You'd think they would stop acting surprised when I (still) remind them. sigh
Good luck with that! Happy HHH.

wondersndreams said...

we started my sons first "chore chart" when he was 2, its basically a daily routine for him to follow but once he is older we will add in something he will be paid for.

Stef said...

Great post !!

Kathy Balman said...

@Stef Layton Thanks for taking the time to read it. I'm new to this whole blogging thing.

Kathy Balman said...

@Lizzie routine routine routine one thing my kids definitely like, heck all kids I think like routines to some point!

Kathy Balman said...

@wondersndreams thanks for stopping by!

Naomi said...

I agree that everyone needs to help out! We still struggle with that, however... Maybe someday.

Kathy Balman said...

@Naomi I'm sure we will have days they decide they don't want to help out but most of the time the are eager to help. Well except maybe when they have to pick up toys after they've gotten every single toy out.

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