Happy summer! We’ve kicked off the summer season with a bang at our house, and literally, feel like it’s already racing by! I’m carving out a ton of intentional time to spend with my kids this summer, and to do that, I’ve been super organized about creating some content and printables that we using to plan our summer. I’m excited to be able to share with you as well!
In the last two posts, I talked about getting our Summer Binder ready, grasping the big picture, and getting a handle on daily schedule and daily activities. I showed you guys the chore chart that we’re using this summer and shared our reading strategy. Today, I want to talk a little bit more about chores and how that’s going down in our house this season.
We’ve tried different chore and reward systems in the past, and frankly, up to this point in our lives, we’ve felt like everything led to chaos and disaster. Our three children are pretty close together (we had three under three when the last one was born), and so we’ve implemented responsibilities for all three of them at the same time/across the board. This means they all learned to wash their own hair at the same time, put their napkin in their laps at the same time, and pretty much read at the same time. And, it means we’re going to tackle this chore thing together as well. Enter the summer job jar for kids!
Every child has daily responsibilities involving personal grooming and care of their own things. Every day, each child is required to choose a piece of paper from the summer “job jar”. These are quick chores that any school-aged child can learn how to do, like clean a sink, wipe down a mirror, or take out the trash. The printable even offers a few blank spaces for you to fill in with tasks that are appropriate for your household and the ages of your children.
At the end of the week, all the slips of paper go back into the job jar, we start all over again the next day. Each job is worth ten cents in our house, and the more, ahem, financially motivated kiddos around here have been known to complete tasks in rapid succession, just to get more “compensation”.
Get the printable for the summer job jar for kids HERE, and let me know how it works for you!