Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
I’ve come up with a different way of getting the kids to do some basic routines. I used to have a checklists up on their doors. This worked fine, except when they lost the dry erase markers! My new latest method is easy, easy, easy…. and utilizes all of our fingers.
In the morning, I ask the kids to do their “first five”. And we count on one hand….
- Get up (easy, eh?!)
- Have breakfast
- Brush teeth
- Get Dressed
- Make up bed
and it is not all in the above order, but something more or less logical!
Once they have done all of these five, they come and report to me. Then they start on their next five:
- Quiet Time
- School work
- Piano practice
- Free time!
This set of “fives” have to be done in order, except for the piano practice – that can be done inbetween school work if they like. But the rest needs to be in order, especially the last one!
The reason I started doing this was because often we were just doing things in all sorts of order and not getting half of it done. This is a simple system that keeps us on track.
I know I heard about the “First Five” system of chores or routines from one of the many homemaking/organizing books I’ve read. I can’t remember anymore where it was from. If anyone knows, please do let me know so I can give credit where it is due. I never really applied it to my own life because there were always more than five things I needed to do in the mornings when I got up! But for my children, it fits right in, without being overwhelming (hence one of the things to do is to get up and another is to have free time!).
So, now when I see a child wandering around aimlessly in the morning, I just wiggle five fingers at him/her and they get the message right away! If they quickly say, “I’ve done them!”, then I’ll wiggle all ten fingers! And as a bonus, it makes us smile!
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