Chore Chart Simplified

Have you ever tried what seems like a million different ways to get something done? Well, that’s been me… I am great at getting my kiddos involved in sharing household responsibilities, but I don’t always follow up to make sure that they’ve done what I asked them to do. Don’t get me wrong, my children are GREAT helpers, but I don’t always remember what I’ve asked them to do and I tend to be a sucker for routine.

I think a daily routine is important. It allows me time to get up early and do what I need to do minus interruptions, and my children know exactly what is expected of them. I’ve tried to keep us all on track using lists in a binder, writing things on a notepad on the refrigerator, putting post it notes on their walls where they do their school work, but it just wasn’t working and I was feeling defeated. After much frustration and lots of searching the web, I FINALLY found something on Pinterest (my favorite DIY website) that I could make and personalize.

These chalkboard clipboards are AMAZING and fun to use! I made them in about two hours this past weekend – super quick! Let me tell you, my children were SUPER excited to have a chalkboard chore chart! They couldn’t wait for the boards to be ready, and this morning I heard them arguing about who was going to be done with their chores first, without me even having to utter one word! Mission accomplished!

Here’s what you will need to make these chore charts:
👉 Wooden clipboard
👉 Black chalk paint – spray paint or paint in a can is fine
👉 Paint brush
👉 White chalk marker
👉 Plain pegs
👉 Permanent marker

1. Paint your clipboard with the first coat of paint. Wait 20 minutes and give it a second coat.

2. While your paint is drying, label your plain pegs (you can purchase a pack of pegs at the Dollar Tree) with whatever tasks you’d like your children to complete. I made two sets – my children are different ages, so I labeled them according to what they could and could not do.

3. When your board is dry, using your white chalk marker, make the Daily and Weekly To Do lists. Add the pegs to the areas which you’d like done daily and weekly.

How the chart works:

Clip the pegs to the left side of the board (To Do). When the chores are complete, move the pegs to the right side of the board (Done). This allows you to see what has been done and what still needs to be taken care of. Your children will have a blast moving the pegs.

That’s it! Simple to make and do!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on chores and charts! What have you tried? What works or does not work for you? How do you get your kiddos involved in helping you in your home?

Morning Baskets & Homeschool

As many of you know, I am a homeschooling Mommy of two. I’ve had a set routine for years, but this year, I am trying something new and different, it’s called a Morning Basket. I was inspired to give it a try, after watching a YouTube video by Pam Barnhill. Pam is the author of an amazing book called “Better Together”, which is all about her morning routine. Look her up, I guarantee you will be inspired!

So what is this Morning Basket you may ask?

A morning basket is a combination of books, activities, crafts, games, or reading materials that allow you to begin your day with something exciting, before getting into your actual school day. Of course, everyone has different thoughts and ideas as to what should be included, so it’s truly up to you as to what you’d like to include.

Today, our morning basket is all about creativity and fun! Because it’s “Back to School” week for us, I wanted to make the day extra special for my kiddos.

Here’s what I put in my basket:

👉 Props for photos (we need some “first day of” pictures of course!)
👉 A new board game
👉 Bible time
👉 Math puzzles
👉 Creative writing
👉 Poetry tea time
👉 Outdoor play

We had a blast with our basket this morning and so far we’re on schedule as far as the new routine goes. Our “Morning High Five” was a success, and though it was challenging getting everyone out of bed earlier than usual, we are on track!

How did your kiddos first day of school go? What fun things are you doing with your children this week or did you do today? I’d love to hear from you!