Introducing chores can be a great thing once your child is able to do things on their own. I had thought about starting some chores for Lennox a while back, but then it just didn’t happen. Recently, I thought of it again and decided it was time to give it a go. I personally, don’t remember having assigned chores each day as a kid, but I think for Lennox – this may be a good opportunity to put a little order around her evening! Cleaning up after herself, is something she does many times throughout the day at school – I have heard she does really well with this – at home though, it’s a different story!
A Montessori School environment and home chores go hand in hand. In school, as I have mentioned before, she is learning how to do everyday tasks, as well as learn the essentials to enter grade school. Some of her tasks are as simple as putting her work away, cleaning up a spill at lunch, sweeping up a mess, setting / clearing the table at lunch, hanging up her jacket & backpack. All pretty simple things for a kid to do, when you break it down. So when choosing which chores to assign her for on a daily basis at home – I pulled from that list of daily activities she does at school. I also found this great Montessori inspired age appropriate chore list on pinterest:
So what did I choose for her to do? Here is her chore list (which she does after school):
- Feed the Cats
- Feed the Dog
- Put her school things away (hang up coat, put backpack in closet, put shoes away)
Then after dinner time and before bed, her chores go:
- Take a bath – happily!
- Brush her teeth – happily!
- Pick up Clothes
- Tidy up her room – Put away toys into the box/basket.
- Go to bed HAPPILY!
So as you can see, all pretty simple and routine tasks – but having her feel like she is accomplishing something, I’m hoping will help her mood after a long day at school! I also created her a chore chart so she could track her progress throughout the week and check the list to see what’s next. Of course, as one of my co-workers mentioned, it’s not just a poster board of sheet of paper written on – I had to make it look cute, girly and of course, pinterest-y (is that a word?)! This is what I came up with:
I added a little picture next to each task, so that even though she can’t read – she knew what the chore was. Also – each day, there is a circle at the bottom of daily behavior. She either gets a smiley face or a frowning face. So far this week we have 1 smile, 1 frown, and 1 straight face (it was a frown and dad caved and gave her a smile – I left it in the middle at straight! ha!) I will have to let you know how this all goes after we have been at it for a few weeks! So far, some days are great, some days, not so great!
I created a generic version as well for you to download and print out yourself!
Print out your own copies, write in the chores (or add them in using something like PicMonkey) and then give it a shot! Let me know how it goes and I’ll keep you posted on how Lennox does- I hope she does well! Do you children do chores, what do you have them do? Do they get a reward/allowance after a good day, week, month?