I have a dream that this summer will be full of fun family memories, growing the kids spiritually, teaching them more responsibility and growing closer to each other.
To help with this dream, I decided I would stop the, "I'm bored!" and, "There's nothing to do!" comments before they start by posting this summertime poster on our fridge.
I listed daily and weekly goals. Under the daily goals, I listed a helper chore. The goal of this is to inspire them to see things around the house that need done, to do it! Also to have a sense of purpose and accomplishment at the end of the day. I listed many examples (however, there are many more that I can think of) to help them.
The weekly activities are to be done at least ONCE, but I would like to see these done 3-4 times a week. Instead of putting a number to these activities, I left it open-ended to guard against it becoming a "chore" that needs checked off, in hopes of it becoming more of a special time to look forward to.
Again, I listed examples of ideas but the list goes on and on.
Today is the first day we have started this and the kids keep coming to me to ask me, "What do I do next?" Hopefully that attitude will last all summer long :)
By the end of summer, I hope to be able to look back and feel inspired and refreshed about our summer instead of it feeling like it slipped away.
So here is our poster. I copied and pasted it from a WORD document so it's a not lined up like I have it on the fridge but it gives all the info.
½ hour reading
½ hour art
1 helper chore
1 hour LIMIT of t.v.Helper Chores: (ideas)
Cooking helper with mom
Clean out van
Put shoes away
Mow - Luke
Clean under bed
Clean out sun room
Help unload dishwasher
Pick up toys on the floor of one room
Pick up trash/sticks in yard
Wash living/dining room windows
Practice piano or guitar
Educational /Creative activity
Visit LibraryFamily activity
Educational computer game ½ hour
Write a book
Write a letter
To do bucket
Make a poster – use old magazines