In order to keep our children learning and cleaning this summer without me having to be as actively involved (this momma needs to take a break sometimes!), Seth came up with a sticker chart for each of the kids. I thought others might enjoy what we are doing this summer as well.
Seth made a simple sticker chart (file below in you want) with 20 boxes to fill before each reward could be earned.
He then filled in various rewards down the chart:
- A family activity (like a movie or game night, a water battle in the yard, a night swim)
- earning $1
- an extra dessert that day
- 20 minutes of extra media time (computer, tv, wii)
- 20 minutes staying up later than the other kids one night
We did tell the kids upfront that some rewards might have to be deferred a night like if the weather isn’t good or we have an early start the next day. After our kids’ excitement over some of the rewards, we have told them they can pick a different reward instead of $1 when they get to a money reward.
We also made a “How to earn a sticker” list (and told them we also would give out stickers for other things as well):
- completing their “5 things” morning routine (get dressed, brush teeth/hair, clean up dirty clothing/pajamas, read Bible/pray, and eat breakfast)
- cleaning a room or bathroom
- math practice on the computer at Xtramath
- reading for 30 minutes (for the older 2)
- reading a book out loud to someone (our beginning reader)
- 15 minutes of looking at books (our non-reader)
- math flashcards
- organizing something (a shelf, our shoe rack, the basement, etc)
- 50 shots or 50 putts (practicing basketball or disc golf)
- Writing an encouraging note to someone else
- Using a virtue (if we catch them)
- practicing the piano
- 30 minutes of workbook time (things like Summer Smarts: 2nd Grade, The Bible Doodle Book, or Early Learning Workbooks (from Rod and Staff) – I find workbooks like this often at our used bookstore for $.50 and pick them up for “extra” learning. My children really enjoy books like this for fun, but they aren’t set curriculum for us.
- cooking something for the family
- unloading or loading the dishwasher
- getting rid of 10 things (my kids like to hold onto possessions tightly, and I like to not have “stuff” so I encourage clearing out what we don’t need)
- completing a cleaning job from the Motivated Moms chore planner
- sweeping under the table after a meal
- taking out the trash without having to be asked
For anyone who wants them, here are the files.
My children have a 30 minute cleaning time in the morning (with a timer set and music playing). Whatever tasks they get done can result in stickers. Then, whatever else they do during the day also counts. I keep telling them that if they clean every room and bathroom every day, I’ll give them 9 stickers a day. They haven’t quite gotten 9 for cleaning yet, but a few times, they have gotten at least 5.
As I am writing, one child is reading for 30 minutes while another is writing an encouraging note. Someone already practiced baskets and putts today, and others completed workbooks. I need to get off the computer so that extra math practice can get done!
What other ideas could we add to our earning list?
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