This is not my original idea and I can’t find the link at the moment as to where I found this…. but the concept is extremely simple and because it’s hands-on, my kiddos really like it.
I whipped this up rather quickly, and did not make it fancy by any stretch.
- I took a sheet of heavy cardstock paper, hold it horizontally and fold it up about 3/4 of the way. You are creating a pocket. Staple or tape the sides closed to create your pocket.
- Then take 3 legal size envelopes, seal them closed, and cut them about 1/2 – 1/4 off one end (see photo). On the front write Morning on one; Afternoon on another and Done on the third one.
- Create your cards and put on them the chores you want your child to do (one chore/task per card). *If you have a child who can not read, use photos/clipart on the card to illustrate what the chore is.
How to use the system:
Each evening, I place the cards in the envelopes for the next day’s chores. What chores are for Morning, go in that envelope and Afternoon chores in that envelope. Any extra chores cards that will not be used for that day, goes in the large pocket you created with the cardstock. Then once your child completes the chore on a card, they move it to the Done slot.
This system is very easy to setup and use. I like that it helps my children take responsibility for getting the chores done and the cards are a visible reminder that they have something to do. I let the children move their own cards – of course you could do it with them or for them, if you want to check their work before moving cards.
My friend Wardeh modified this system a bit after she saw my version of it. She’s even is using it for their homeschool! I really like hers, as hers looks much ‘cuter’ than mine!