Calendar and Chores Tutorial
I have been researching for something to help my son. I have read numerous blogs and searched Pinterest. I wanted something that would help him see what he needs to do each day and understand what days he has school. After getting numerous ideas, I decided to make my own and add the items I thought would be the most helpful for my son. Here is what I end up with. I hung it on the wall so he would be able to reach it. He is super excited to move his chores to the done side.
|The end result.|
This is what I started with.
2 Magnetic Boards (I got them on sale at Wal-Mart for $5.95)
Chore Chart Printable (from Keeping Life Creative)
1-inch circle punch
Hot Glue Gun
Double Sided Tape
Command Velcro Wall Hangers
Start by printing off the chore chart pictures on cardstock. Then use the 1-inch circle punch and punch out the pictures.
Then spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the picture. Make sure you don't go over the picture with the brush too many times or the ink will bleed (believe me because it happened to me). Then press the picture on the wafer firmly.
Then cover the back of the picture with Mod Podge. Wait while the Mod Podge dries. Then use the hot glue gun to glue a magnet to each wafer.
Next laminate the To Do and Done signs. Then use the double sided tape to stick it to the magnetic board. Then grab the calendar and hot glue magnetic to the back of it. Then put the calendar on the magnetic board. Use the picture magnets to assign chores. Once the child completes the chore, have the child move the magnet to the 'done' side. I add important dates to the calendar so my son can see them. We also mark off each day before he goes to bed. The calendar I bought had the weekends marked in gray. I explained to my son that the gray days he doesn't have school.
I also made another magnetic board to help my son with his morning and evening routine. I also use it to hold the extra chore wafers. Here is a picture.
My son uses the magnet on the top left corner of each routine card to mark when he has completed the task. I am hoping by having him visually see the routine when he wakes up that it motivates him to get dressed everyday and not hang out in his underwear. :)