Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I'm a Genius - Well, Sorta

So I tried two new things this week to get my kids to behave and clean up!  After all, that's what we all want right???  Thought I'd share my awesome ideas - wink wink!

This one actually came from my child's teacher at school.  This is what she does, but then she signs folders correspondingly (is that a word)?  It must be a much bigger deal in her classroom, cause it's not working too well at home.  The blue sticker jar is the one to get too - you get a prize out of the prize box, green is good, yellow is a warning, and red is bad - note home to mom and dad!  We switched it up a little - most are the same except red here means that a chore chart circle comes off and you don't get the .25 cents for doing that chore:(  Let me know if you can think of some ways where I can make this work better - I need ideas!!!

This idea DID work and I was smiling from ear to ear about how smart I was!  My kiddos room (they are sharing until we find a new house) was a complete and utter disaster!  So...I decided that if I put a circle around one area it would break it up into smaller steps and not seem so overwhelming.  So I used what I had - a yellow stretchy something of my husbands, but you could use a hoola hoop, yarn, or anything that makes a circle shape. They had 10 minutes to clean out the circle - I put the timer on, and then I would make a new circle.  IT WORKED!!!  Before the end of the night the room was spotless, and...I think they had a little fun doing it this way! 


Sarah said...

Great idea! I'm going to try this with Allyson. I have trouble motivating her to clean up her toys.