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The key to assigning new chores is to do it BEFORE school starts: to get all the kinks worked out for a couple of weeks and get into a good rhythm before school. We did that this year and it really helped.
We've started Adelia (3 1/2) with some chores of her own this year. She's supposed to clear the table and wipe it with a rag, which happens about 40% of the time. She usually forgets or quits it halfway through. She really wanted to have some jobs to do all by herself, so I tried to oblige~ but... now I'm wondering if maybe I should have buddied her up with one of the other kids. Oh well. Maybe she'll grow into it. Audra is tagging along with Ella on Ella's laundry chore, and that is working well.
One thing I have learned (and it took me a good while to learn this) is that 3, 4 and 5-year-olds do work befitting a 3, 4 or 5-year-old. I used to have *much* higher expectations for their work (my poor older children!), but I have learned to lower those expectations. When Adelia does clear the table, I give her lots of hoorays and smiles and tell her what a great job she did. When she doesn't, I do it. When Adelia wipes the table, I wait until she scurries out of the kitchen and then I go along behind her and do a more thorough job of it. There is a time for training kids to do chores the way you want them done, and I'm all for that, but... not when they're so young.
For the most part our kids' chores stayed the same. I did ask them for suggestions/preferences before I made the chore chart. They expressed that they like working together on things, like the living room, so we kept that the same. Ella also wanted a partner for laundry because she gets lonely, so that's why I assigned Audra to her. Isaac wanted to keep sweeping but I could tell he'd rather not keep clearing/wiping (hence: Adelia), so I plugged him in for collecting and cleaning the eggs and helping with the dishwasher. Isaias is still doing the garbages. He wanted to be Ella's partner for laundry but I knew that combo wouldn't fly (they'd goof around too much) so we nixed that idea.
We've been at it for a little over a month and it all seems to be going well!