Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Our Summer Schedule: Contributions & Visual Schedule

If you hang out with me for a time, you will hear me say the phrase "gift of work" several times.  I am convinced that one of my jobs as a mom is to give my children the gift of work - to build them a work ethic.  Summer is a fabulous time to do this as the time is more readily available and chores are available outside and inside the home. 

Beside the fact that work is a part of life, I want to train our children to see what jobs need to be done and to jump in with both feet to see them finished - without having to be asked.  I desire our children to see the value of work and to see how they can bless God through it. 

The Bible is filled with verses about laziness.  Whether they are folding clothes, emptying the dishwasher, or taking out the trash, my prayer is that the kids will learn to "work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" (Col 3:2). 

With that said, here are the responsibilities that our children will have this summer.  Each item is written on a magnet and placed on their magnetic boards (Read yesterday's post on creating a summer schedule.)

Due to Bubs' processing and memory disorders (age 9), his list is very specific.
  1. Put Clothes On
  2. Medicine/Vitamins
  3. Brush Hair
  4. Eat
  5. Brush Teeth
  6. Bedroom
  7. Closet
  8. Make Bed
  9. Bathroom
  10. Therapy
  11. Bible
  12. Read
  13. Math
  14. Writing
  15. Feed Fish
  16. Shower
  17. Pajamas
  18. Teeth
Sweet Pea (age 6) is very organized and Type A.  She has a great memory and uses the list more because she likes organization than because she needs it!  It does help her check to make sure she hasn't forgotten something. 
  1. Make Bed
  2. Clothes
  3. Hair
  4. Eat
  5. Vitamins
  6. Teeth
  7. Bathroom
  8. Bedroom
  9. Bible
  10. Read
  11. Math
  12. Writing
  13. Shower
  14. Pajamas
  15. Teeth
Little Man (age 5)
  1. Make Bed
  2. Meds/Vitamins
  3. Clothes
  4. Eat
  5. Teeth
  6. Empty Dishwasher
  7. Reading
  8. Writing
  9. Math
  10. Bible
  11. Pick up Playroom
  12. Shower
  13. Pajamas
  14. Teeth
Peanut (age 2)
  1. Make Bed
  2. Clothes
  3. Eat
  4. Vitamins
  5. Teeth
  6. Empty Dishwasher - Silverware
  7. Help Mommy
  8. School
  9. Pick up Playroom
  10. Shower
  11. Pajamas
  12. Teeth
The kids also help with setting/clearing the table every day.  Laundry is also a contribution when needed.  The kids bring the clothes baskets to me as well has help with sorting, folding, and putting away.  (Yes even Peanut helps with this.)  I have magnets for these and add them when needed.  During the summer they also help with watering flowers and garden work. 

Read more:  Chore Ideas based upon age
   Money Management and Behavior System for Children  
   Why Chores Are Important for Children

Tomorrow:  List of Online Computer Learning Activities

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