Every summer we use a different daily “to do” list for our kids to keep them focused each day and also a way to earn some extra money. We don’t do chores for money during the school year so this is a fun way for the them to earn a few cents each day so they can buy a toy or pay for an activity they’d like to do. They really look forward to it. This is also a great opportunity to teach them about managing money, tithing, saving, etc.
Here are a couple of daily chore charts we have used with our kids:
12 Chore Charts– www.moneysavingmom.com
Here is a link for the printable we are using this summer.
Here is an awesome chore chart that a friend of mine made! She bought the metal board at Michael’s craft store and purchased the tags from Joann’s. She then used sticker letters for the names. Voila! A simple but modern way to display a chore chart. I LOVE to celebrate other mom’s creativity!
How do we use our chart?
We have decided that each sticker equals an amount of money. Our kids are motivated by putting the sticker on their chart, they don’t necessarily need money. We have added the cash incentive simply because they are REALLY into legos lately and are wanting to buy some new lego sets. This is a way they can earn it! Your kiddos might be motivated by a special activity, treat, toy, etc. Use what works for your family.
There are things that we need to do every single day. Things that I have to continually ask them to do because they “forgot” and also things that are good for them to do each day like pray and read. These are the types of things we put on our daily charts. Since it’s important for their minds to not turn to mush over the summer, I also include a few daily academics. Finally, since home for the summer means more time around the house…I add chores to their charts. I rotate the chores each week so the same kiddo isn’t always cleaning the bathroom or doing the dishes, etc.
Be flexible…I have already made revisions to my 5 year old’s chart this week. What I thought was going to work for him…didn’t. And so I adjusted. Make sure you are picking practical, helpful items that not only grow their minds, bodies but also their hearts and soul!
Sit back and watch your kiddos be successful this summer (or school year) with their daily goal charts!