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2009/10/01 / LRR

Preschool Morning Chore Chart

{Had a request for this the other day, so here it is…}

 The Girl now has a school day morning checklist, as you know.  And it’s working very well.  Before the big cross-country move, we used a morning and evening to-do chart for the kids.  I take full blame for slacking off since the move.  The last couple months, getting ready for the day was just something we did as we got around to it.  The chore chart sat getting dusty in the upstairs hall.  I found myself sneaking up on The Boy when he was occupied and smashing a shirt over his head.  That sort of thing.  And there were a lot more Pajama Days than I’d like to admit.

Now, Chickie’s all good.  Dude? Not so with it.  The get-ready-for-the-day routine is full of squabbling and coaxing and general b.s.   I need to get the mornings under control for The Boy as well.  They say it takes 21 days to make a new habit?  It probably took him a day and a half to undo all the work we did back in our former home.  So, out comes the old chart.

 

Here’s the morning chart.  Boy and Girl each had their own car to drive through the countryside.  The backs of the cars and the stops on the road are magnetized.   Wake up, eat breakfast, brush your teeth and wash your hands, etc etc.  The kids drove from job to job until they reached “Have A Nice Day!”  and they say Yay and go play.

 

morning chart I

 

The evening bedtime chart.  Red light = stop what you’re doing!  It’s time to get ready for bed.  Pick up the toys, shower, brush your teeth, pick your books, etc. 

bedtime chart I

 

After a few days of using this again with The Boy, mornings are going much more smoothly.  Like Girl’s Ready For School checklist, this chart eliminates some of the hassle of reminding and nagging.  Anything you can do to make the everyday work more fun is ok in my book.

I got a little carried away with these charts, but I’m sure they could have been made much more simply.  If your child can read, type out something like our school checklist.  If s/he cannot read yet, it would behoove you to use pictures that represent all the jobs – or else you wind up having to read every single chore every single morning.  You know I love reading, but the point of this chart is to make your kids independent and give you some breathing room.  Our chart’s pictures aren’t all easily decipherable to a non-reading child, but when I made this The Girl could already read, so she’d read the words to The Boy [good practice for her, too!]  Now, Boy already knows what each stop is so he doesn’t need any help.

I’m glad the chart survived the move in one piece.  Now that The Boy and I are using it again, we’re both enjoying the mornings a lot more.  Funny how pleasant the crack of dawn can be…

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