Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday- Kids Chores

My girls are computer junkies. (I'm sure it is genetic- comes from King Charming) ; )
They adore anything that has to do with computers, so they fell in love with this online system for managing kids chores.


The best part about this system is it's price: FREE. Parents create an online chore chart and kids check them off as they complete them. Parents grade how well the chores were done, and kids earn handipoints to spend on their online pet. It can also be used to earn rewards/allowance that families set up.


This is actually our second attempt at using Handipoints. Here are some tips that will help you learn from the mistakes that I made:


1. Keep it VERY simple. The first time I tried to use Handipoints I had a morning, afternoon, evening, and weekly checklist. It was just too much. Start out with a simple list so it is easy or this system won't last. You can always add more later. It is only as complicated as you make it and believe me, I made it COMPLICATED last time.


2. It works best for kids who can read so they can do their charts independently. (Our girls just turned 5 an 6). My youngest is a beginning reader, so her big sister will have to help her read the tough words.


For right now, I'm just doing our summer morning routine. They have to have this checked off before they can go out and play with friends.

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16 comments:

Mom, I'm Bored! said...

Great resource! Thanks for the tip!

Melissa @ For Cheap Sake said...

I can't wait to start using the chart. We have tried other ways to remember our daily chores, but even mom forgets.

Tina said...

Thanks for the tip! Bookmarking it to check out later :)

Amy said...

We have tried and failed with so many different chore charts but this looks like one that might work for the kiddos. I'm excited to try it. Thanks!

Nichole said...

I've been toying with the idea of a chore chart for my almost-3-year-old -- just for things like "take your plate to the kitchen" and "pick up your toys." Thanks for the resource!

Kim Priestap said...

What a great idea! My son if five and just now getting to the age where he can have assigned chores. Thanks for the tip. My WFMW is up, too. Please stop by.

anneglamore said...

Awesome idea! We add chores each year (boys are now 9, 9 and 12) so our list is getting lengthy!

Daiquiri said...

Hey, #5...Yahooo!

I love this tip, I'll have to check it out. My kids haven't been itroduced to te computer yet though, so it might be a bit of a challenge.

Wait...no, that's someone else's kids who spend their time playing outside, making art, and otherwise playing creatively.

Excuse me while I go peel Ben's eyes off the screen...

Katy said...

Thanks Beck, I will have to check it out. I think it will work great!

Trista said...

Oh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. Thanks for the tip.

Sonya said...

I appreciate your helpful tips, I would have started off too complicated, too! Cool ides, though. Thanks!

K :) Family Historian said...

Love it. Signed up for it, made two task charts, and the girls love the idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

Laura@Storytellin' Mama said...

Great tip.
My seven and five year old love computer time and we definitely need a better system for chores!

We'll try it! Thanks!

tonsofsons said...

Awesome! Can't wait to try this one.

http://tonsofsons.wordpress.com/

Abby said...

This is great! I've already made a chart for my oldest dd & now I'm going to make a chart for the youngest!

Thanks again,
Abby

LessLisa said...

This is so great! Thank you for posting!