I made them--I have a word file I could email to you if you are interested. Pretty easy from there to copy and paste your own stuff--names, jobs, etc. I found the pocket chart at my local teacher/book supply shop--LOVE those places! (I really should be a homeschooling mom if I thought I could swing it) But I heard you can sometimes find them at $ stores or Target's "hot spot" dollar section. But I think it was only about $7--so the cost was that and some cardstock. I used to have the kids put a sticker on a chart (simple word doc with a grid on it printed and pinned on the wall next to the pocket chart) for each day they had all smiles--so they worked TOGETHER for a common goal--ice cream cone, zoo day, the local bounce house place. More stickers needed for bigger fun things. I will probably do a few "sticker goals" this summer. It really made them upset if they didn't get a sticker and the other did...but really it meant they just got to the goal slower.
Holly, that's a cool idea! Do the kids help each other out?
Deb ................. DH Norm
DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7
DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12
They do, at times. Especially if one is done and the other has a ways to go, but they are waiting to play something, I'll suggest "they'll be done faster if they have some help" or if one is gone (school, etc) and something has to be done--esp dishes or feed animals and they couldn't do it before, I'll have another do it to help out.
Thanks for posting this! It gave me motivation to print cards for Weston He just has to make his bed (toddler style and make sure nothing is on the floor), brush his teeth, clean up his toys and then he'll have rotating jobs too--I added wipe out sink (just the one they use--get all that toothpaste out!) and feed kitty. So we have 6 rotating jobs, 2 each day--and they'll rotate as pairs: feed kitty/wipe sink, unload utensils/feed bunny, set table/clean entryway
I am sure Wes will need help with his jobs for quite some time, but since I do them now anyways--make his bed, and pick up after him etc...it will just get him started going on chores.
I do the daily "have to's": making beds, dishes, laundry (this is daily), sweeping, and i have the kids pick up the toys in their rooms nightly (ever night) b/c it helps to cut down on clutter (though, there have been nights where this gets skipped if we are out late).
I try to do my "big cleaning" on fridays b/c i like to enjoy my weekend. That includes dusting, mopping, vaccuming, cleaning bathrooms, etc.
I also have to squeeze meal-planning and grocery shopping in there twice monthly and this usually take up to and sometimes over a hour, just to plan it out.
I also wash all the sheets in one day (unless somebody gets sick or has an accident) and I do that twice a month (sometimes more).
-Becca, mom to Jacob (5-3-2003) Zach (6-20-2006) Zoey Jane (2-6-200 Alex (8-11-2011) and Emma Grace (due March 2014)!!