Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ladybug chores

Cleaning and dressing and washing and wiping another human being is super fun.
Don't get me wrong.
But lately I have been thinking of organization. A lot. And I have decided we need some more of it here in my house.
I think when I went to school last winter a lot of our schedules went out the window, and now that Avery and K are headed back to school in the next couple of weeks and life is about to get a bit crazy again, I have become willing to sell my soul for a routine that works.
Okay, fine. I wouldn't sell it. But I would consider renting it out, or, like maybe a time-share scenario.
But I don't think it will come to that. In fact, as I thought of all that my gorgeous, wonderful, intelligent little four year old is capable of, I decided a big step toward getting things organized is to help her learn to help herself.

Enter my homemade Chore Chart, for lack of a better descriptor. I got the idea from an online video and decided to run with it last night for Family Home Evening. We discussed that Heavenly Father's house is a house of order and prayer, then I pulled out my picture chart and we pasted a little picture of Super Avery Ladybug (Avery with her $3 DI Ladybug Costume and a pink cape embossed with the letter A that my mom gave her two Christmases ago) on a clothespin so she can move it from task to task. The picture reminds her of, you know, (ladybug) Girl (superhero) Power!!
The picture chart itself is just a word document split into two columns with clip art to remind Avery of her morning and evening routines. On the left is morning: Make her bed, eat breakfast, read scriptures and say prayers, brush teeth, get dressed and water her flower garden. In the evening it's wash and set the table for dinner (which she gets a huge kick out of!), pick up toys and shoes, get in pj's and brush teeth, pick a story, and pray. I folded the paper in half, clipped it onto the fridge, stuck on SuperAveryLadybug's clothespin and went at it!
And she loves it!!
...okay. So it's only been 12 hours. But I have a good feeling about this one.
I even made one for "Mommy and Daddy"'s duties. Just so she wouldn't feel singled out.
...okay, and we could really use a little shove in the right direction, too.


Meagan said...

That is a brilliant idea....and her outfit??? She is sooo adorable! I love her!

Derek and Lisa Larson said...

Such a good idea! I'll have to remember something similar when Lydia is old enough to be a little more organized...