Saturday, August 28, 2010

(Organization) System Saturday-Our Chore Charts

In an earlier post, (Organization) System Saturday-Our Helping Hands, I talked about the system I came up with to get our children to help in the kitchen on a daily basis.   Then in my (not quite) Wordless Wednesday-Our Homeschool Classroom post, I had pictures and descriptions of our homeschool room in our house.  One of those pictures was our chore chart that is used for my children's everyday morning chores and daily chores that is located just inside our homeschool classroom.  This post has the pictures again with descriptions:
The blue paper is covering up each child's name for privacy.  We bought 4  key rails at our local  Lowe's hardware store, (I only could find white ones for the link) one for each child.

The first two hooks on each rail are for each child's everyday/morning chores or reminders. So the first one is to "Get Dressed", then behind that I have a picture/word card that says "Make Bed", etc.  The last two hooks are for their chores that they are assigned Monday through Friday.  So on Monday, they know to "Change (their bath) Towels" and bring the dirty towels down to the laundry room to be washed.  Each day of the week they are assigned a different chore to complete.

This photo shows how they flip their chore cards over and place it on the next hook.  So this child already got dressed and flipped the card.  The next card, "Make Bed", will remind her to do that next and then she will flip it.  The third hook has "Put Dirty Clothes in the Laundry Room" and I wrote Wednesday on this card because she is to do this chore each Wednesday.  On the other cards I have written the other days of the week to go with each type of chore.  I laminated the chore cards and I write the days of the week on the cards with a Vis-a Vis pen so that I could easily erase and change days if I needed to.

I spent alot of time searching for the best type of chore chart system that would work best for our family. There are so many great ideas on blogs, websites, and search engines for chore charts it's mind boggling and overwhelming!  I knew I wanted a chore system that I could make changes to easily to fit our family's needs through the years.  With the key rails and chore cards I can easily take chore cards away or add other types of chores without having to spend alot of time remaking another whole new chore chart.

I found most of the pictures for the chore cards on the Workbox Yahoo group that I am a member of under the "Files" section of the group.  I then added/deleted chores from the existing chore page that was in the  "Files" section to fit our family's needs.

I have the chore cards that I made and used saved as a word document and I don't know how to save it as a link for this post.  If you would like a copy of the chore cards that I used for the key rails, you can Contact Me here and fill out the form
and I will be more than happy to send them to you as an attachment.

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Unknown said...

This is fabulous! Commenting again under MY name - :-) What a wonderful idea.

I would love a copy of your chore cards. I am thinking of adding them to our work boxes (when I get them) but maybe this would work better. Will have to think on it. Thanks for visiting my blog and all the positive comments. I feel like we are getting to know one another:).

Hi Laura! Thanks for your visit and comment! What is your blog address, if you have one, so I can visit your blog?
Have a good weekend!

Hi Anna-Marie, "The Adventurer"!
Thanks for your comment and visit and vote :) I just sent you an email with the attached chore cards. Please let me know if you have any questions! Nice "chatting" with you again!
Have a good Saturday!

Mom2Seven said...

Just stopping by, Tracy! I voted! Do you follow Catholic Icing? She is hosting a beautiful rosary give-away for anyone who is interested. I don't have a blog of my own to link it.

Have a wonderful weekend! +JMJ+

HI Annita, "Mom2Seven"! New profile pic I see for you! How beautiful :) Thanks for your visit, comment, and vote! Yes, I did see the rosary give-away on Lacy's Catholic Icing blog and it is on my "to do" list to submit entries. (after I do some lesson planning of course ;)
The rosaries are beautiful! Thanks for letting me know about the giveaway!
Have a blessed weekend!

Unknown said...

I love this idea! It is sorta-kinda like a "hanging chore workbox". Very cool. I vote for you daily, Tracy.

April said...

I love seeing others organization! Great post!

Hi Lynda!
Thanks for your visit, comment and vote :-) Glad you like the "hanging chore workbox". That's a really neat name you gave it! I just hopped on your blog and left comments under the article you posted today about homeschooling. I also clicked a vote for you!
Have a good weekend!

Hi April!
Thanks for your visit and comment! I just went to your blog and left a comment under your egg carton math game post. Love that idea! So simple, yet fun/educational! I'll have to use your idea one of these days!
I am your newest follower also! Your children and blog are beautiful and it looks like your children have lots of fun with all your ideas and activities :)
Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

THanks so much for stopping by! I love the key hook idea!


Love it! So gonna try it out at my house!

Great "Big Mama", I'm glad you found my blog post useful and it's something you could use in your own home :) Thanks for stopping by to visit and your comment!

Hi Kim at "Chubby Cheeks Thinks"
Thanks for your visit and comment. I'm glad you liked this idea!
Have a good day!

Amy said...

This is a great idea! I love all the organizational tips you have on your blog. Lots of good ideas for this mama :)
Found you on Hip Homeschool Hop!

Hi Amy! Thanks for your visit and comment! I'm glad my organizational tips are helpful :) I am about to hop on your blog and become your newest follower and make a comment on your "art book" post! :)
Come by and visit anytime :)

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