Thanks once again to Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer for hosting Works For Me Wednesday. Check out her great tip for putting together a babysitter information sheet (a woman after my own heart - she laminated hers!).
My tip this week is adapted from Bonnie’s Household Organizer, by Bonnie McCullough, my favorite author for homemaking and family organization.
This is a simple and fun way to teach children what they need to do to get ready for the day.
Instead of using charts (which tend to get lost or forgotten at our house!), we taught our preschoolers to use their fingers!
There is one “job” per finger. We like to use the word “job,” as it sounds more important and less tedious than “chore.”
The child holds out her hand and puts down a finger as the job is completed. If there are any fingers left, she immediately knows there must be a job left before the rest of the day can begin.
The morning “jobs” for a preschooler around here are:
Face (wash face and hands)
Teeth (brush teeth)
Hair (brush hair)
Bed (make bed)
Dressed (get dressed)
In the beginning, I made two charts, one for the morning and one for the evening and posted them at eye level for the kids. Mine are just 4x6 index cards mounted on colored cardstock. You will want to laminate them because they will be touched by sticky fingers many times a day!
After a while they did’t need to look at the chart and could just use their fingers to remember what to do.
Here’s the morning one.
The evening chart (on black cardstock with a pic of a moon) has been lost over the years, but has these five “jobs”:
Toys (pick up toys)
Story and Pray
Notes: 1. It’s easiest for little ones if you use just one word to help remember the job. When the child is small, the word “bed” might just mean pull up the covers with Mommy. As the child gets older, the word “bed” also means clean the bedroom.
2. As the kids got older we combined the Teeth and Hair to leave one finger for “Morning Chore” such as feeding the dog, which we rotate weekly.
This is a fun and easy way to help your little one take responsibility (Work Before Play). It has made mornings go so much more smoothly around here for years!
Even my 2 1/2 yr old can hold out her pudgy little hand for her "DOBTH" (jobs)!
Preschool Activities, Chores for Children, Parenting