A couple of weeks ago I showed you our chart that helps the children organise themselves for school and extra-curricular activities. This is placed near the door so we can make sure that nothing gets forgotten as we’re heading out the door.
However getting to this point is a whole ‘nother story – and a whole different chart!
School mornings can be frantic – and winter is the worst because the kids need to be out of bed and getting ready when it is still dark outside. As the Mum – my primary role in the morning is household manager. Getting children up and at ‘em, organising breakfasts, packing lunches, tying shoelaces, brushing hair, cleaning the kitchen, and getting myself dressed and ready.
It’s virtually impossible to stay on top of the children doing their own jobs, and I found that without my full attention they were starting to get distracted, misbehave, and we would either be very late, or I would go a little crazy trying to do a million things at once.
So these charts help the children stay on task with what they have to do each morning.
I have it positioned right near the kitchen, so that after every job they have to “report back” to their chart and move their little smiley face down to the next job. It means they are always in front of me, and I can easily see from a glance where everyone is up to and who needs a bit of a hurry on.
Some mornings they will race each other to get finished which is brilliant! But other days they will just work through their own list, throwing me a High-5 as they go past.
And if they ALL get their smiley face “in the car” before 7.30am, they can watch ABC Kids for 5-10 minutes before we have to leave.
Its incredibly easy to make – just jot down the tasks that your children need to do, put them in order, and then use Google Images to put your chart together! Don’t forget the laminator for the finishing touch.
We have used this system since the beginning of the year and it works! The small and consistent positive reinforcements that they get from moving their smiley face down the chart is just enough to keep them motivated and focussed.