Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Ladybug Does Responsibility

We are lucky, Safi has been a pretty good kid.  She is helpful and can take care of things like dressing herself, putting her shoes on, and cleaning up (with a bit of guidance).

With school just around the corner I decided that it was time to really start a morning and evening routine and to make her responsible for certain "chores" throughout the day. So I went in search of some ideas on the internet, well Pinterest.  I came across an interesting blog entry, we can't do it all, no matter how hard we try, something has to give and the kids can help us! ;)

This blog entry in turn led me to this site Your Life Events you have to become a member but you get access to so many free printables and it was here that I found the cards we are using for Morning and Evening routines.  The site has both pink or blue cards.  I printed them out on magnetic paper and I am going to get a cookie sheet to put in Safi's room so she can look at them as a reminder.

Then on my search I found Sutton Grace here I found a customizable "responsibility" list and some good ideas for some Family Rules.

After Day 2 all seems to be going well.  Safi and I talked and decided that instead of a check or no check we could color in the following directions circle and we talk about it at the end of the day and she helps to decided how much to color in the circle.  I know she is 4, but Safi should understand why she does/doesn't get the whole circle colored in.

I haven't figured out a "reward" and I'm not sure that I am going to, so far that hasn't been brought up. In the future I might use a penny a check or have a jar of "fun" things and x# of checks=pick something from the jar. I will figure that out when we get there I guess.

Just a few ideas and some links that you might find helpful.

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