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      pulled from files at A PP


      FROM RIA:

      sometimes for “jobs/chores” what worked was a book I made .. 2 key

      ring type things(clip together not real key ring) or metal shower

      hooks (*I’ve used both) old cover of a book, cut to size make 2,

      drilled for the rings .. pages (3×5 or 5×7 work well) with jobs on it

      cover with contact paper punch holes , cut to size punch holes .. put

      in the order you need them done

      IE: if cleaning the bathroom and one job is sweeping the floor ..

      first they dump the garbage can and put outside the door, shake the

      carpets hang over rail etc leave outside BR door etc then pull laundry

      baskets, what ever else is on floor so they can sweep and clean etc

      NOTE: for some kids the physical act of flipping the cards seemed to

      help others did better with the chore chart check off .. one advantage

      of cards was they were easy to add more later

      pec cards (thanks who ever had the spelling) can be make with clip art

      from the net .. you can get pictures of just about anything

      make a cover and back (kitchen, bathroom – colour coordinate them)

      ..if you contact paper the cards .. then punch holes in corner .. hook

      into metal shower ring or clip ring .. the jobs should be done in

      order .. write the word on the picture card

      can also be used for feelings

      some of you computer literate and will know how to shrink & enlarge

      pictures .. I am always guessing

      Pics4Learning – Tech4Learning

      lots of food .. these are pictures vs graphics – coloured *might not

      work for those that need less stim



      Microsoft Office Clip Art and Media Home Page

      FROM RIA::

      the easiest way I find to break it down was to take a tape recorder

      with me while I did it with the kid .. TIP: even if you let them use

      the tape recorder (I didn”t – I knew it’d end up on the floor) make

      a hard copy or you’ll need to start over again

      ****do this at least 2 times (it’ll take that long to get all the info

      written out, pictured or taped correctly)

      another reason to take them with you for at least the two times is you

      get to specify what is a clean counter top, or stove top (otherwise

      stuff that’s burned on will be left there — do this one on one –

      don’t try to do sibs or all you will hear is “”I always dump the

      garbage first s/he doesn’t”” yada yada

      HINT: part of the sequence for kitchen is to spray the stove top

      before doing the floor – let it sit (loosen the hard stuff) .. while

      they move rugs, dump garbage etc .. floors are done after stove and

      after counters (otherwise everything on the counters/stove ends up on

      the floor) “”but mom I swept it!!””

      when they were little I had them do chores at different times ..

      otherwise it became a race “”I beat youuu!!”” and then the work wasn’t

      done right etc etc .. it also gave me a chance to be in the area for

      redirection and a little bit of mom time

      I’ve always rotated the jobs – it’s written on the calendar .. chore

      charts are on walls (can’t exactly call it art) .. this cuts down on

      the “but you didn’t say –” as well as the “s/he didn’t do —” .. I

      have 3 areas that are supposed to get hit by the kids bathroom, dining

      room, & kitchen only 2 kids so the other room I sorta float by and now

      that the kids are older I can be there and swap between them ..

      FROM RIA:

      there is NO pretty way to put lists in the various rooms they kids do

      chores in .. however having a list in the bathroom of the various

      chores that need to be done and in what order does help .. having a

      list releases “YOU” a bit from being the complete bad guy

      some kids really like the check off system .. you can print it out on

      computer easy easy ..

      some kids like the wipe off method – if your kids are sensative to

      smells using a white board probably is not a good idea

      I used the mirror .. but to be honest it was a pain in my back I

      went back to master clean up list in page protector

      FROM ??:

      Chore Board Chart: Once I made one of these pegged dreams, my life

      changed. Gone were the days of telling my kids to do the same chores

      each and every day.


      We have a list of different things that can be done in a day. There

      are some items that I highlighted in yellow on the list that I’d

      prefer done every day. This has become the yellow list and my son

      needs to get them done sometime during the day. They are things such

      as pet care, laundry, eye exercises, word list. I don’t always care

      when it gets done, as long as it’s before 3:30pm when he plays with

      school kids. The list can be flexible and we do negotiate for some


      I want him to make a list of chores for the kitten he is getting in

      May so I don’t have to keep track.

      FROM JANE (MP)

      We use a product called “The Choreganizer”. It was about $20 and I

      got it from The Elijah Catalog (a Christian homeschool company which

      has some pretty nifty things in it.) It has cards with pictures and

      descriptions of each activity that would typically be chores around

      the house, and a holder for each child. We hang the holders on the

      frig so everyone can see them. Every night, I set the chores for the

      next day. Some are daily things, like making a bed, or personal

      grooming, and some are weekly or monthly, like cleaning the car,

      raking the yard, or normal household stuff. The kids look at their

      charts, read the descr if they need to , and when they have completed

      the task, they take the little card and put it un the pouch at the

      bottom of their chart. It comes with “Mom Money” and “Dad Dollars”

      to be used as rewards. At the end of the week, they have a wipe off

      poster that is called “The Chore Store” where you can list the rewards

      and how much “money” they will cost. I thought that was cool, because

      you can teach them responsibility and some money sense at the same

      time. This product came in a sort of book form, and probably has an

      ISBN that I can look up if anybody is interested.


      THere was an article in Home Education Magazine a few months back

      about “unchores”. The parents had 3 kids, and they had, like you tried

      everything they could think of when the kids came up with the idea of

      doing UNCHORES. WHat happened was the came up with a list of stuff

      that needed doing and the kids worked it out between them. One

      daughter hated anything that had to do with the kitchen, one son hated

      laundry, and the other daughter was a slob but loved to cook.

      They said the distribution wasn’t exactly equal when the kids were

      done, but no one had to do anything they really hated. ANd it was

      still working a few months after they started when the author wrote

      the article. Do you think you could get the kids to pick their own

      chores? Come up with their own schedule?Let them see what they can

      come up with. They might surprise you in a good way. 🙂



      FROM Flybaby in PA

      My ds usually complains about his everyday chores of emptying trash,

      folding and putting away laundry, drying dishes, etc. and says it eats

      a big portion of his day. I had him write down the time it took him to

      perform his chores. Empty trash – 2 mins., fold laundry and put away

      items–2 mins, dry dishes and put them away – 7 mins. (he was dancing

      while drying them so it took longer). When he realized that he was

      only spending less than 15 minutes a day out of 12 hours to perform

      these chores, his attitude changed. He admitted that he could spare 11

      minutes from his summer days to keep these chores done.


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