One of my goals over this summer was to put together and implement some kind of chore system around here! I've spent a lot of time thinking and praying through this and my Mom suggested presenting it as a family night, this is what we did!
First, I set up the table - I'll share what I did to set up as we go, I think it will make more sense!
Then, I rang the dinner bell indicating dinner was ready and it was time to come to the table. However, when everyone got to the table, they found that dinner was unusual! I planned to make pizza - but put one ingredient at each plate. Daddy got the dough for the crust, I had the sauce, etc...
This was a perfect opportunity to begin our evening by explaining that we each had part of what we needed for dinner - but we needed to work together to make it happen and each use our ingredient!
While we made the pizza together, we talked about what team is. I simplified it very much by just saying it is a group of people who work together on something. Our family is a team. We talked about other kinds of teams - baseball, Emily's ballet class, etc...
Next, we popped the pizza in the oven and proceeded while it was baking. I said something like this, "There is a Bible story about working together - do you want to hear it?"
There was a man named Nehemiah. He had heard that the walls of Jerusalem were all broken down. See? Just like this city on our table.
Walls were very important around a city in those days because they helped keep the people who lived there safe.
Nehemiah asked the king if he could go to Jerusalem and help fix the walls and the king said yes.
It was very hard work, because some people didn't want them to fix the wall. But, they asked God for help and they worked together.
And, do you know what? They finished fixing the wall - because they asked God for help and then worked together as a team!
Let's rebuild this wall right here! Daddy reminded us that each person repaired the part right in front of them, so that is what we did.
Next, we rebuilt the "walls" of our city! And, then put some puzzles together. I passed out a few pieces to each person and said again that each of us does not have all the pieces, we have to work together to complete it.
We worked puzzles until our food was ready. If you have older children - you could do a three-legged race, obstacle course or other kind of game to demonstrate working together.
Next, I introduced our new chore charts. I had seen this idea in an organizing magazine at my Mom's house and I liked how child-friendly it was in terms of using it for non-readers.
So, I made charts for each girl (Samuel's will come later!) and mounted them on the wall in the kitchen. I made a set of photos of the chores and glued them to popsicle sticks. They were so excited, they wanted me to assign chores that night! So, we did and got a lot done!
Each day when they are finished with their chores, they get a happy face in their chart and this has been motivational to them to achieve the happy face on their chart.
I'll post next week about how to make the charts and what chores I included.
Of course, the first team we want to be on is God's - and after that family is our next team! How do you work together as a family?