Thursday, November 11, 2010

Teachable Moments - Part 2 Making it count

This week we have started chore charts with both kids.  My hope is to have them used to a routine before the new baby comes to help make the transition to a new morning routine easier on all of us.  Our first chore chart has only four things for them to accomplish each day: Get Dressed, Make Bed, Brush Hair, Brush Teeth.  As they get comfortable with the routine, we will add small responsibilities they can successfully accomplish.  The incentive for them is a sticker or stamp for each item they complete each day.  If the chart is completed at the end of the week, we will take some money from their money banks and they will be able to pick out one thing from a dollar store.  I got an ideas for our own chart from the Homeschooling Curriculum for Life website where they provide free printable chore charts for all ages.  I created our charts for our needs in Word using a Table format.

The first day, it seemed really help Bubba wake up better and happier and he was through the morning routine within ten minutes.  I do have to guide him through the routine, but it helped keep us on track and accomplish everything in a timely manner.  The goal is to encourage him independence so that he can work through the routine on his own before the baby arrives.

Sister did great on the first day, and we are almost through day two with one task undone.  Since she's been doing an unofficial daily routine for a few months, I've reminded her about what needs to be done, but I do not walk her through each task.  With her, we are hoping to establish personal responsibility by using baby steps.

Teaching responsibility begins with baby steps.  So far, we have not taken proactive steps to track how our children learn responsibility.  We took it for granted that they will just pick it up sometime.  But why leave it to sometime for our special gifts from God?  Proverbs 22:6 encourages every parent to "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old , he will not depart from it."  As we continue the training process, I will try to post updates on what works well what we may have had to modify to encourage our children to be responsible in the little things.

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