Because of his motivation to do things around the house, I decided to make a special chore chart, just for him. Most days just consist of making his bed and making sure the dog has food and water. Saturday is his big day of chores. And Wednesday nights he has to empty all of the trash cans around the house, before the trash goes out on the curb Thursday morning. If there's one thing I've learned about R, and I don't know if it's just him or all boys his age, is that I have to be very specific and simplify things as much as possible. Wait...now that I think about it, that's all men in general, right?! Therefore, I gave him step-by-step instructions on 'How To Clean The Bathroom.' He also has to dust his enormous collection of model cars that are all over his room on shelves. And once again, he said, "I can't do that, because I can't reach them." Instead of telling him how to do it, I asked him what he thought he could use to reach them. He figured it out on his own after I made him think about it.
So here is how I began making the 'chalk board chore chart':
|Black butcher block paper, sidewalk chalk, scissors, construction paper, shape scissors, glue stick, scotch tape|
|It's hanging in our laundry room. The cool thing is you can even use a dry paper towel to wipe the chalk off .|
|Instructions for cleaning the bathroom|
And with all of the left over supplies, I can roll out the paper and let the kids go to town with the chalk. How fun!