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June 27, 2012

Hybrid Chore Cards & More


I've been wanting to have a more organized way of keeping track of my kid's chores. They have chores they do but I feel like I'm constantly reminding them of what they have to do and then I forget sometimes what I've already told them to do.....it was time for a much needed adjustment to our chores.

So, being a digital scrapbooker, I decided I should use some of my digital scrapbooking supplies to make some kind of chore organizational system.

I had these Journal Cards from Tracie Stroud and they were perfect for what I was thinking.


I brought them into photoshop and typed in different chores on the cards and rewards on some of the others. Then I put the cards on 8.5x11size pages in photoshop, saved them as .jpgs and printed them out on my home computer.


Then I put my daughter to work cutting them out for me. ;) Besides, she actually likes cutting, unlike myself, who prefers cutting with my keyboard.


Then I laminated them all and now I have handy dandy chore cards that I can give my kids every morning. What I've been doing is giving them each a couple of cards in the morning and by the end of the day they have to have them done.


I also made these score cards to keep track of when they complete a chore. For each chore completed they get to fill in a circle with a dry erase marker. When their cards are full they get to randomly pick a reward card. So far it's given them great motivation for filling up their cards and I'm getting a lot of work done around the house!


Here are a list of my chores just to give you some ideas (keep in mind these are for a 9, 7 & 5 year old):
- Breakfast Helper

- Lunch Helper
- Dinner Helper

- Empty Dishwasher
- Laundry: put laundry away
- Laundry: help switch out laundry and fold it
- Laundry: gather and sort laundry
- Surprise Chore (I left this one blank, for those chores that only need to be done every once in awhile)
- Vacuum: Upstairs Carpet
- Vacuum: Downstairs
- Vacuum: Upstairs Wood Floor
- Dusting: All Bedrooms
- Dusting: Dining Room and Living Room
- Dusting: Downstairs
- Care for Lucy: Check her food and litter box.
- Mom's Bathroom
- Girl's Bathrooms
- Downstairs Bathroom
- Morning Chores: Get Dressed, Make Bed, Empty Trash Can, Brush Teeth, Brush Hair (I printed out 3 of these cards - they get this one every morning)

Here is a list of the rewards I made up:
- 20 minutes extra play time before school
- get to choose your own lunch
- skip a chore of your choice (except morning chore)
- $1 to spend at dollar store
- get to choose movie/show to watch
- paint your nails
- stay up 30 minutes later with mommy and daddy
- $1 to spend on candy at gymnastics
- $1 to spend on movie of your choice from the library (with my approval, of course!)
- 1 board game of your choice with mommy or daddy (we've already used this one and it was a big hit!)
- bake/make a treat of your choice
- $1 for your bank

Now to another project!


While I was at it I decided to get my school stuff organized for next fall too. This is what I do in the summer, I get all organized....because I have no time the rest of the year to do these kinds of projects! You can see last year's project here.

I took this kit from Tracie Stroud to help myself get all ready for the 2012-2013 school year.


I took the chalkboard in the kit and took the alpha to 'write' the girl's names on it. Then I printed them out on my home printer and taped them onto individual plastic containers. Each of the girls get a box and they will have the school work they have to get done for that day in it (along with other supplies they might need - pencils, scissors, glue, etc...). Last year my 9 and 7 year old carried their school work all around the house in different rooms to complete it. I thought this would be an easy way for them to carry their schoolwork around and to be able keep track of it all. They were continually losing things. Coincidence? I think not! Now there will be no more excuses.


Then I used those journal cards & kit again and typed up a list of the different subjects the girls are working on. I'm going to stick these in each of the boxes so that I can keep track of what they are doing and what they need to get done every week.



And then since I had these cards all organized with our list of schoolwork I thought I should scrapbook them. Won't it be fun to look back and see what we did during this school year?

Using Capture Life: Journal Cards from Tracie Stroud
and Making the Grade from Tracie Stroud


I hope that gives you a little inspiration to use your digital scrapbooking products for organizational projects. It makes it so much more fun.

-Liz





3 comments:

MK said...

THIS was very helpful! Thanks you!!!

Erika said...

LOVE these! Those boxes will help a lot, I can testify to that! What font are you using on your cards? I really like it!

Elizabeth said...

It's called Elizabeth Skinny....no relation to me! LOL!

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