|our new chore chart, posted on the fridge|
"New chore chart" was also on my school planning list. Check!
I like to get these done during the summer so that we have a couple of months to get the kinks out. The kids all examined it carefully and Ella even told me she's excited, and that she wasn't disappointed about anything I listed for her. So that's a good start, right?
New to us this year: I've assigned a "breakfast helper" for each weekday morning: someone who will "report" to the kitchen a half-hour before breakfast and assist me in getting breakfast ready and setting the table. Benefits to this:
-The kids often want to help, but I can't always utilize all of them and I'm hoping this will decrease the squabbles over who gets to help.
-This will give me help for the one meal I am most anxious to get on the table on time (because it marks the start of our school day).
-For breakfast, I have a particular item assigned to each day of the week (ie: on Mondays we have eggs/toast/bacon, on Tuesdays we have oatmeal, etc...)- so this means that the kids will be working on the same meal every time they're a helper, and thus: perfecting the making of that particular meal. RIGHT?
-They're all especially excited about this. Even Audra is going to help me get cereal on the table on Thursdays. :)