Monday, May 14, 2012

An Awesome App - Available For Android, iPhone, Kindle, Windows Mobile

A couple of days ago I snagged the FREE app of the day from Amazon called iRewardChart. I would like to note that I am not receiving anything from this review, I just really LOVE it and want to share about it with you.

This app is a must have especially for homeschooling parents. If your family is anything like ours you have sticker, star, check mark reward/chore charts all over the house. And if this sounds like your family then you probably also forget to give rewards throughout the busy day. Then your're going to love this app.

This simple to use, fully customizable app has been such a time saver. And its great for parents that are on the go. With this app you can help your children understand consequences, incentives, patience, and the value of setting goals and working to achieve them.

1) After you download and install the app you will need to get it set up by creating your children's accounts. You can create multiple accounts and even customize them with an avatar.

2) Next set up each child's individual tasks. There are many preset ones to choose from but you can also add your own. You can also set how many stars they receive for each task. You can set tasks for virtually everything: behavior, virtues, responsibility, chores, extra curricular activities, etc. We have been using the We Choose Virtues curriculum, which has a sticker chart that I forget to put stickers on. So I added the virtues into the other category and track them on the app throughout the day. Later when I remember I add the stickers to their chart.

3) There is one item to set up before you can start using the app and that is choosing what rewards the children can "payout" for. Again there are preset rewards or you can choose your own as well as how many stars they need for each reward  (e.g., "20 stars = $2 Pocket Money" or "15 stars = One Hour of TV").

4) Now put it into action. When you see your children meeting one of their goals simply tap on their name and the corresponding star. If you think they deserve more than one star just tap it multiple times.

5) If your a social media addict like me you can also connect your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts and share your children's progress with friends and family.

iRewardChart Recognition:
While the iReward App has been busy implementing an effective reward system, it's gotten quite a bit of recognitions itself!

• Recipient of "Best Parenting App" award two years in a row (2010, 2011) via
• Featured on NBC Today Show, CNET's top5, AOL's (ParentDish) top10 parenting app, CNN-Money
• Featured under Apple iTunes AppStore "Busy Parents" essentials

Links to follow:

Where to buy:
If you're an Andorid user order it right here on Amazon, its now $3.99 but believe me it's worth buying. Other platforms visit the iReward website.

Now time for the giveaway: 
IReward has graciously offered to give away two apps for iPhone (sorry Android users apparently iPhone makes it easier to create giveaway codes). Only the first entry is mandatory. Other entries are optional and give you extra chances. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. The winners will be posted on the blog and will be emailed. Winners must reply within 48 hrs with their contact information or another winner will be chosen. The winners will receive their app codes via email. 

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*Disclaimer - IReward has graciously offered to giveaway two iPhone Apps. I was not compensated for my review and all opinions are our own! Many of the links found on my side bars and in my blog posts are affiliate links. As a result, I might get paid money and I will most likely spend the money on homeschool supplies.


Tammy said...

No, I don't use a system and am thinking it might be time to start.

iRewardChart said...

Thanks Kathy (@kbalman ) for a wonderful post!

AdventuresinHomeEducating said...

We do use a reward system...but I am HORRIBLE at remembering to use it!

Kelli Parker Becton said...

I've used one- but not as consistently as I should- I'd love to try this one! 

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