Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Stickers, Charts, Rewards…Oh My!

School is starting and it’s time that all of us here in this crazy house get into some sort of routine…myself included. By nature I am not an organized person but I knew that if we were going to survive our first year of cyber school with two students that would have to change. At least a little bit.

I had a wonderful talk with my sister-in-law this past weekend about reward charts and such. She really lit a fire under my butt and got me motivated to get something set up for the boys. Thank you for that!! :)

Here is what I ended up with….

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This is our behavior chart. It not only helps the boys know where they are and how close they are to trouble but it also helps me keep my cool. So far it’s been a huge hit with the boys. They do NOT want to be in the yellow or red. Poor Monkey was crying when I was making it because he didn’t want to be in red! Silly boy! After some explaining though I think he understands now. That said, they all understand that if they get in the red zone more than twice in a day they get an X. If they go directly to “Lose Privilege” they get an X. If they have more than three Xs in a week they do not get to participate in that week’s reward.

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This is the boys’ chore chart. They have to do these every day. They also know that there will be some days that I will add to this list as needed. For instance, this morning their play room needed cleaned so they had to complete that before they could say they were finished with chores. They also know that this is an ongoing daily thing. Picking up toys once during the day doesn’t give them a sticker for chores.

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And here is their reward chart. (They each have their own…this one is just a general one for example.) If they complete a task then they get to put a sticker in the corresponding box. The extra is for things they do on their own that are either helpful to me or helpful to others. For instance, Bubba swept and scrubbed the kitchen floor for me this morning all on his own. Earning extras can count toward negating any Xs they have for the week. I’m also thinking of offering payment if one of them has stickers under extra with no red lights for the whole week. (Sort of like an allowance I guess…probably something small…like a quarter for each extra sticker.)

And of course the best part…the reward! This will be a weekly thing that we choose together. This week is….

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The boys LOVE to dress in their past Halloween costumes but I rarely let them because frankly they get C.R.A.Z.Y.! Needless to say, when we picked this as this week’s reward they were all pretty pumped! Now we just have to find something new each week that will get them equally as excited and motivated!

Soon I will be working on a loose schedule/routine for the day so we make sure we get everything in. You know, something like free time and breakfast from 8-10 am., 10 am chores, 10:30-11:30 crafty/coloring, etc. I say loose because just like I am not an organized person I am also not big on a tight schedule. I know some people thrive on them but I just don’t care for them. I’m much more a “fly by the seat of my pants” kinda girl and I love to be spontaneous.

Hopefully these things will help our school year go smoothly and help us all get through the cabin fever that will surely set in once dreaded Winter comes! I hope that seeing what we’ve done will inspire you to try something similar in your own home. :)