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Incorporating Chores and Responsibilities into your Homeschool Day + FREE Printable Chore Chart

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I wrote out a couple paragraphs on why it is so great to have the whole family involved in chores, making sure everyone is contributing and how awesome it is. However, I just reread all of that and laughed out loud. Let’s be honest. I am home with my kids all day - er’yday. I cannot do it all. It is messy. And at times chaotic. The amount of mess that can be made in the first 35 minutes of our day amazes me every.single.time. I can clean every single toilet in the house only to find every single toilet occupied approximately 3 minutes later. If I did all the tidying and cleaning around here no one would have an education or get fed, and that’s a large part of my job sooooo. We do responsibility and chore charts. I need things to be tidy and clean to stay sane, and I also want my kids to take ownership, learn to contribute, and grow in responsibility. The end!

It isn’t glamorous or picturesque. There are two kids in the family that take for-ev-er to get dressed and moving in the morning, and a husband that notoriously leaves his clothes laying right next to the laundry basket (mentioned with his permission). I have grumblers and complainers, lots of out-loud wondering about why beds have to be made if they’re just going to get unmade again… (sidenote: in response to said complaint, I kindly brought up the fact that studies show people who make their beds are actually more productive in a day. My eldest responds, verbatim, “Well yea that’s because they’ve literally already started with one extra chore in a day.” Fair point.)

But we keep going and keep doing because by golly we can do unpleasant and hard things.

There are a gazillion chore charts out there, and some great ones at that! I’ve found it helps for our family to break things down into two categories for each person based on age/stage:

1) Daily Responsibilities: getting dressed, making bed, brushing teeth, wiping down bathroom, taking out recycling, tidying up room, combing hair, silverware away, setting the table, etc.

2) Weekly Chores: taking trash to curb, dusting baseboards, taking laundry downstairs, vacuuming, etc.

Daily responsibilities happen every day - Weekly chores are specific to which day they need to be done. As in, they don’t take the trash to the curb every day. I throw these printables into sheet protectors so they can be easily modified and kids can quickly check them off as they go about their day/week. We also don’t pay for everything - responsibilities are just a basic fact of life. Their chores count towards a small commission each week (We love Dave Ramsay’s kid’s version —> Mission to Commission!).

So if you’re looking for a tool to use to keep your kids on track without having to direct and answer everything all the time, while instilling responsibility and helpful habits, I hope these are a blessing to you!! Just click the link below and you’ll be able to download the file. There are two different versions, a 5-day and 3-day weekly chores option.

Blessings!

Lily

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February Together Time!

Glory Glory the longest month of the year is OVER and we have all the heart eyes!

One of our most intentional - and favorite - times throughout our homeschool day is during our Together Time. Often known as Morning Time or Morning Basket - our Together Time is filled with our “together” subjects and usually includes a tasty treat or snack. This is a time when we gather around the table, enjoy read alouds, poetry, Bible, and work through a few of our loop subjects such as music and science. However, each month I try to change things up just a bit and include a few seasonal crafts, hands on activities and holiday read alouds. It’s taken us a little while to get into a rhythm that suits our family (ages 8 months - 9 years) but after trial and error and a lot of scouring we’ve come up with a pretty good system that is quick to captivate and engage each of my learners.

Below you’ll find a link to our February Insert. This is not intended to replace your current schedule - simply meant to add a little something extra that is inviting for every member of your family gathered at the table! It’s meant to be hands on, seasonal, and includes a free scripture memory printable! My hope is that this helps cut out those afternoons of scouring book lists, trying to whip up a last minute craft, and spice up your current basket’s curriculum. And if you’re needing some tips on toddlers & Together Time, I’ve included a few ideas we’ve implemented in our home well past the toddler years ;)



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