Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Chore charts and a clean dog

I cannot take credit for this idea, but this week I started using a chore/school chart for the kids.  They were really wanting more independence in their school work and I needed their consistent help around the house.  Don't get me wrong; both big kids are most often willing to help with anything I ask of them, but I get lazy and don't really ask for help.  I am one of those perfectionist moms that if the house can't be cleaned right and all at the same time then I'd rather not do it at all.  When I'm pregnant it's even worse; my motivation is almost completely gone!!  Still, I love a clean house.  To my surprise they have loved having the days work laid out before them in the morning and they are doing a great job keeping up with it all.  My only complaint is I feel like I don't know what's going on each day with their schoolwork.  I'll just have to be more diligent to check their work each day since they want to be independent.
  So this is what the chart looks like for one day.  The schoolwork is listed on the upper left with chores that must be done every day underneath.  On the right side is the "special" chores of the day.  I change these daily so I can have them help me hit the "hotspots" of the house.  On the bottom right I am planning on choosing a character quality of the week, with definition and Bible verse included.  My hope is that by the end of the week they can recite the verse by memory and tell me the meaning of the character quality. ( I got the list of 49 character qualities off the Duggar's website)

In other news, Scout went to the groomer for the first time yesterday.  He looks so much better.  We can actually see his eyes now!!  This trip was in preparation for his surgery tomorrow!!  That's right, it's time for the big snip, snip for Scout!  To bad he has no idea what's coming his way!!!

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