Reading a Chore Chart

How many of us like to organize to keep our lives sane?  I am not necessarily a pro when it comes to organizing, but I have really become a learner of those of you who ARE gifted with those skills.

Being one of five children, my mom tried to delegate our chores through a “chore chart”  to make sure that we were responsible for our own areas and some of the mundane household tasks that need to take place on a daily basis.  My mom made a cool chart but it didn’t have pictures so I am sure she spent a lot of time explaining to us what the chart said.

The great thing about chore charts, academically, is that they can teach children how to read and understand a graph, to learn the days of the week, and to provide visual cues that add meaning to words like “Brush your teeth” or “Make your Bed”.

Incorporating a visual cue (a picture or image) is HUGE when you have expectations of a young child.  This is one thing that might have made my mom’s life easier.  So today I wanted to share some resources for chore charts that will hopefully be a beneficial tool in your house:

1. Customize a Chore Chart that your child can color: Customizable Chore Chart (with pictures)

  • Make sure it is BLACK AND WHITE so they can color it to practice fine motor skills and make it their own. 
  • Choose days of the week  (not abbreviated) because you want the days of the week to eventually become a sight word.
  • Give it a fun title like “Mommy’s Helper”
  • IF you choose a verse I suggest that you possibly just write it on the chore chart in “The Message” Version because it is slightly more age-appropriate.
  • Laminate it (contact paper or a sheet protector will work too) and use a wipe-off marker to check it off each week 🙂
  • Or here is one already done for you: Completed Chore Chart with Pictures

2. Chore Cards that you can make yourself for display: Chore Cards DIY (Take a shortcut by inserting your pictures into a word doc and printing them).

What chores should your little one be responsible for?  Here is a great link to have a clue about what your child should be able to contribute to: Age-Appropriate Responsibilities. I hope this helps you make your very own easy to read and manage chore chart 🙂

If you have other ideas that work for you…always feel free to share 🙂



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