I attribute our relatively smooth home school days for the past two weeks, and free time for myself to our new chore tags, and parental, no nonsense attitudes. We have been able to be especially no nonsense, because we have the chore tags to back us up. Next step: manners tags.
Last spring I came up with this idea to make these laminated chore tags on rings, but it took me a long time to put them into action.
First, I spent a week thinking up all the things my children need to do in a day.
Then I spent weeks upon weeks formatting, downloading clipart, and purchasing supplies (lamination pouches and book rings). It took me a few weeks to convince myself that this is something I wanted to spend money on.
Then it took me a week to print, cut, laminate and assemble. There are over 100 tags. It breaks down to about 30 cards per kid. We also have weekly card like dusting, sheets and bathrooms.
One should not need cute little cards to do the simple things one needs to do in a day. I should not have to repeat myself over and over, brush your teeth, wash yourself, pick up after yourself. However, all I do all day is bark orders at the children. They don't do what they are told. Then in despair I give up and do it myself.
So I put it in simple pictures and black and white. Now they know what I expect done. Now they know how to take care of themselves. It's like a scavenger hunt.
Suddenly, our house is generally neat, tidy--dare I say, clean--and I have free time. In the past couple weeks I've read books, taken naps and prayed in the afternoon hours.
Next, I plan to make manners tags, because I constantly have to correct behavior. Perhaps, if they can see it in black and white, it will finally click and they will exhibit proper behavior. Wish me luck. It will take me weeks to format, find pictures, print and spend the money on these tags. I plan to make it like a game. On one side of the card list a scenario, and on the other side proper manners. I might have to draw the images myself. I have about 40 manners in mind at the moment. But, perhaps if they see the effort I have put into their manners, they will care too.
Mno hiya Lyta!