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There are two type of people in the world: those who like lists and those who don't.
Even though I don't use them often enough, I do like having lists and personal chore charts. They present a clear goal and there is something satisfying about crossing off items as I go through the day.
Now that Catherine is getting older I think she's ready for a chore chart of sorts. But where do I start?
A quick search on Pinterest brings up lots of results for making your own and printables.
There are also lots of pre-made options. Melissa & Doug have a decent looking Magnetic Responsibility Chart. Although the Board Dudes Magnetic Dry Erase Rewards Chore Chart would probably have more staying power--i.e. would work for older kids as well as toddlers. I also really love these Chore Magnets.
Of course, just figuring out what type of chart I want to use is just the beginning. The hard part is deciding what belongs on the chart! Does simply getting dressed count as a chore that can be checked off? I mean, sure, there are those days where that seems like a victory, but do I really want that to be considered a daily accomplishment to be lauded?
One of the aspects of the Montessori method that I really do like is the fact that they expect children to help in the home and do age appropriate chores. (Rebecca has a great post called Chores With Children the Montessori Way.) Michelle at Homeschool Your Boys has an awesome list of chores that you can expect your 2 and 3 year olds to do. (Here's a link to all of the age appropriate lists that she has.)
I think for now I am going to go a little "ghetto" and use Google Docs, I mean, Drive, a sleeve protector, and a dry erase marker . . . or stickers on a piece of paper.
Do you use chore charts for your toddlers? What is on your charts?
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