For the last few months or so we have been implementing something new in our house for Emmalyne. For those of you that don’t know, Emmie attends a Montessori style preschool. One of the things I love most about Montessori is that they are big about enforcing independence as well as helpfulness. From an early age kids are expected to help clear tables, help the teacher, and learn how to become self sufficient in many ways. It’s unstructured, structured learning and it has been AMAZING for both of my girls.
So we wanted to continue that push at home as well in implementing a “chore” list for Em. Simply asking her to do things wasn’t cutting it so I knew we needed a method. When I saw my friend Kay post about chore magnets she got her son I knew it would be perfect for Emmie!
I ordered my set from UsefulButtons on Etsy. I was able to customize 25 magnets that fit our family. The owner made them quickly and I got them in less than a week!
Each week Emmie chooses three of the chores to do and when she does them she places them on this chore chart I made. At the end of the week if she has completed her designated chores she will get a My Little Pony surprise bag. It works out well because the bag is $2 at our grocery store but Em is NUTS for them due to her obsession! Em has truly enjoyed being able to move the magnets to her chart and this method has made it a fun process for all of us!
There are a few non-negotiables though that she has to do every day. Bedtime had been a bit of a challenge so I added a magnet board in her bathroom with all the steps for bed on it. It has worked like a charm! Now she can visually see what tasks are left for her to do before she gets in bed and our nights are drama free. Since picking out her clothes for the next day is on the list our mornings have seen an improvement as well.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to share with all of you what has worked for us since I know some of you have “spirited” children as well 😉
Do you have your toddlers/preschoolers help around the house? What is your method?