One plight many homeschool moms have – particularly those with only small children – is the inability to get to all the chores during the day. We also find it difficult to assign appropriate chores that actually make our day run smoother rather than add extra to our day.
Years ago, I came up with a plan that make my day so much easier. It took care of the eye clutter around the house before we began our homeschool day. It involved my children in every day chores that NEEDED to be done, rather than busy work that they did simply because it was on an arbitrary chore list. And it was very easy for me to put together, making this homeschool mom of many VERY HAPPY!
So, here’s how it worked…
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All you need to make a Chore Board like mine is a simple dry erase board and a set of dry erase markers and an eraser. You can hang the board on the wall, set it up on a bookshelf, or lay it flat on a table when in use.
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Every morning, I would get up and walk through the house looking for the things that were in the most dire need of attention. I was usually too tired at night to properly put the house back together, so often, there were dishes that needed to be done or floors that needed to be swept.
At the time I started this method, I had 2 children who could actually help out. I continued using this method for many years and eventually had more helpers. I would write on the board the names of those children old enough to actually do chores plus my own MOM section. I would then assign and write down the chores that needed to be done before we started school that day.
As we finished a chore, we had the deep satisfaction of ERASING the chore from the board. Once the children were done with their chores, we started school, and I worked through my list throughout the rest of the day. My own section usually had more than what I could get done before school, but it kept me focused during the day on the things that I felt mattered most in keeping up the house.
A Chore Board is a very simple method, but effective. When you are raising a house full of littles, the simpler, the better. This method did not require me to put in a lot of forethought. It addressed the immediate needs of the household, and it worked very well!
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!