5.02.2009

Do-It Door Addendum


Since writing about Our Do-It Door a few weeks ago, I've received quite a bit of feedback from readers who really like the idea and would like to try it with their own families. I'm very humbled by that response! And now - after a particularly busy couple of weeks - I've finally found some time to post an addendum to address a few of the most frequently-asked questions:

1. Can I provide a larger image of the chart so the specific items we have on it are more visible?
Unfortunately, I haven't found a way to do that, but here is a list of what our chart includes:

DAILY ROUTINES AND CHORES

MORNING
Come downstairs by 7:30.
Eat breakfast.
Clear the breakfast dishes.
Get dressed. Put away pajamas and unders.
Make your bed.
Brush your teeth.
Brush your hair.
Do your assigned chore.
Be ready for school by 8:45.

EVENING
Straighten the living room.
Straighten the dining room.
Do your assigned chore.
Change into your pajamas. Put your clothes down the chute.
Brush and floss your teeth.
Choose a bedtime story.


You may wonder about the Do your assigned chore. task on both lists. That was my way to make a spot for the various chores the girls can already do or are in the process of learning - currently things such as feeding our cats, wiping out the bathroom sink, helping to load or unload the dishwasher, putting away their folded clothes, and cleaning their playroom. Of course, those tasks change from day to day, and it seemed much simpler to put a generic notation than to try to get specific. Since taking the original picture, I've added a mini dry-erase board (a very reasonably-priced item I found at our local school supply store) to the blank space under the evening chore list on each child's chart; on it, I list the assigned chores for the upcoming day. I've found that my girls delight each morning in seeing what they're supposed to do and - as with taking off the X's - enjoy erasing the notes when the jobs are done.

2. Where did I get the clipart pictures?
They're from clipart.com a website to which my graphic artist husband has free access through his employer (one of many perks to having an artist in the family!). Ordinarily, there is a subscription fee to the site. But, if you're unable or unwilling to pay for clip art, I know there are many free clip art sites available on the internet.


3. What are those things below the actual charts? The flowered pouches are small gift bags I purchased at Target to hold all the little velcro X's as they come off the chart - the most efficient way I could think of to avoid losing them all! And the other items - the library pockets and the number strips - are actually components of Sue Patrick's Workbox System, the wonderful homeschool organizational tool that gave me the inspiration for the Do-It Door; if you purchase Sue's book, you will learn all about how to use those and the other components of the system...which I highly recommend you consider implementing in your home. For my testimonial about how the workboxes have worked for us, click here.

4. What if you don't have a suitable door?
Just adapt the concept to your situation. Perhaps you can have a "Work-It Wall" instead. :^)

This system has continued throughout the past month to work as well for us as it did in the first few days. My girls do not need to be reminded about any of their daily routines or chores anymore; they simply check the chart and get to work on the necessary tasks. In fact, they happily zip through their jobs, and they haven't complained once in the last four weeks about anything the chart has "asked" them to do. As a result, our home has been much more peaceful and relaxed.

If you decide to implement a similar system in your home, I hope it works as well for you. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about what we've done here.

8 comments:

Amanda said...

Love it! Thanks for letting me know about the update! Have a great week.
Amanda

Sweet Blessings said...

Great idea Tina-I'm lovin' getting to know you more! Blessings! Amanda K.

**** April **** said...

Thank you so much for this! ;) This is exactly what I needed! I'm doing it TODAY!!!

HappyMom said...

I have heard about the workbox system, but I haven't looked into it too deeply. What do you use the library pockets and the number strips for? Also, how do you affix the charts and other objects to the door? I think this is a great system. I've been thinking about doing something like this myself. I am now inspired!

Tess

Shawn said...

What age child would you start this with? I have children ages 6, 3, 2 1/2, 2 and an infant. I have been looking for an easy way to start assinging regular chores. I think I have found it! Thank you for sharing!

Terra said...

Thanks so much Tina for this idea. I have seen so many things in the past, but for some reason this "clicked" for us. I am printing my sheets off right now. I changed it up a bit for us. I'll post you a link when I put it on my blog!

Wendy said...

Actually, if you just click on the picture of the Chore Chart, it should open a new page and you can see the schedule quite large and up close! This doesn't work as well for the pic of the whole Do It Door, but it was nice to see the Chore Chart Up Close!
Thanks for the ideas!

Shaper of Little Souls said...

I am so stealing your DO IT DOOR idea. Our family has terrible mornings but that is all about to change. My kiddos are 4,2 and 6 months and it is hectic in the morning. I am hoping this will bring peace, motivation, order and some independance to our day.

Is it possible for you to email me your chart?

sharonsaad at gmail dot com

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