It all started with another item coming home from school that required money. It seemed like every week there was something. This particular time it was a Scholastic book order. Up until now we had not ordered from Scholastic, nor had my son asked too. However, this time a book had caught his eye and I was plagued by the, “Please mom, please” tirade. So, I thought about how to make it into a learning experience because really requesting a book is a good thing. I decided to make it into a responsible money situation. He used five dollars from his piggy-bank and I matched it.
This lead to talking about saving money and so on, which in turn lead to the big discussion on chores and allowance. The chore chart was born.
- Pick age appropriate chores
- Make a chore chart
– Bristol board (your choice of colour)
– Images or words for the chores (again age appropriate)
– Images or words for the days of the week
– A method to mark the chores off
I laminated our chore charts and attached Velcro pieces so that the chores could be marked off, but cleared again at the end of each week. Buttons were a hit and fit the Velcro pieces well.
We made the charts together so that they would have a fun connection to it and pride as they used it. My boys are 4 and 7, but they were 3 and 6 when we started the chore chart. So, the other question that came up was how many chores are age appropriate? We wanted to set them up for success. In addition, what dollar value is appropriate for allowance? These decisions are personal choices of course. My older boy has a few more chores then my younger boy, and he gets a bit more money for his allowance. We have found that he is really helpful with reminding and helping his younger brother to achieve his chore chart buttons.
Anyway, have fun with your chore charting?
Do you have any tips to share?
By Shari Marshall – 2018