If you click on the above picture, you can enlarge it to see what tasks are on the girls’ lists for the summer. We have four categories, with specific objectives within each category. Some are habits I want to instill (such as clearing their dishes without being reminded), some are fun things they want to learn (such as knitting), some are fun things they want to do anyway (like swimming lessons or camping). Some of their tasks are one time only point earners, like Four Day Club (kind of like VBS), while others earn them points every time they do it, like unloading the dishwasher, or playing with their brother.
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We keep track of points by slipping a paperclip into a peanut butter jar my ever loving husband drilled a hole in the top of. They have a weekly goal of 23 points and if they make it, they earn Children’s Day on Saturday.
This first Children’s Day involved making cards for Opa’s birthday, going to the Farmer’s Market, playing at the playground, stopping at the health food store and then going to the airport to meet our friend’s new daughter who just arrived home from Bulgaria!
So really, not much different than a typical day, but shhh… don’t tell them that. It’s such a motivator, in fact, that when Brielle was asked Saturday morning to unload the dishwasher, she replied with, “I already have enough points for Children’s Day, I don’t need to do that.”
Sassy Little Smarty Pants.
We then color the chart, one box for each paper clip in the jar, and then start the week over with an empty jar. Aviana wanted to be sure you know that Brielle really doesn’t have that many points, she just had a little trouble either with the one to one correlation concept, or more likely, stopping coloring.
To quote the Super Summer Challenge website: The Challenge takes a few hours to prepare and gives your family three months of fun, learning and growing. The SSC helps them learn to enjoy being productive, to work toward a goal and reap the reward, to be content at home. It gives them satisfaction, builds self-esteem, helps them be well-rounded, motivates them, forms positive life-long habits, eliminates nagging, and so much more!
I encourage you to give it a try!