I love me a good schedule.

Well, we are all moved into (mostly moved into) our new house, and we are finally getting back on track. I’ve got lots of tips I want to share! So, to help KEEP me and the monsters on track, I put together a new schedule. We’ve been using it since the start of school, and I have to say it’s been more successful than all my other schedules. The reason? I found something that motivates them . . .  Money!

Happily, they have discovered the allure of money, but still have no clue how much things cost. This allows me to get a lot of return on my investment. If they hit every task on their daily schedule they can earn a whopping 33 cents. For this price I get clean rooms, kids who dress themselves and complaint free piano lessons.

Here’s how to work it:

  1. Make the schedule and assign each task a number of pennies.
  2. Laminate it and each day check off the tasks to calculate what they earn.
  3. Don’t pay them before bed! Payment comes in the morning ONLY if they go to bed with no trouble.
  4. The following morning have them count out the money they’ve earned and now you even got in a quick math lesson!

Here is our schedule:

Time Task Cents
6:50 AM Get dressed, tidy room, make bed . . . . . . . . . .  . . . 5
7:00 AM Downstairs, brush teeth and hair . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . 2
7:10 AM Breakfast . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . 2
7:30 AM Piano review, practice previous night’s song, 3 times 2
7:50 AM Morning exercises . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
8:05 AM Potty, shoes and get ready to wait for the bus . . . . . . 5
3:30 PM Free play or Mommy activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
4:15 PM Homework or chores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
4:30 PM Piano practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . 4
5:00 PM Nightime TV
5:30 PM Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
6:00 PM Clean-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
6:30 PM Pajama time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
6:45 PM Wesley Bedtime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
7:00 PM Liam Bedtime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . 1
7:20 PM Harry Bedtime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . 1

Check out Harry and Liam on payday!

I’ve really found that this schedule keeps us in line. We don’t always keep things in order, but having a checklist to go through reminds them of the tasks that have to get done each day. The money really does keep them motivated as well. Both have already earned enough for small Lego kits and are thrilled that they have the power to go out and buy something they want.

And even though it’s not on the schedule, don’t forget to reward yourself!

Got a tip for me? Leave it in the comments!

 

 

Summer Scheduling Part 1

Now that we have survived April vacation, I am ready to prepare my schedule for summer. Of course, this is not set in stone. If we want to stray we can, but when it really comes in handy is when we are home with no other clear events planned. It helps in those moments when the kids are not clicking with one another and they come to me whining that they don’t know what to do. Below is sample schedule similar to what we did over April break.

  • 7:00 AM Get dressed
  • 7:10 AM Breakfast
  • 7:30 AM Harry’s piano practicedate-163208_1920
  • 7:50 AM Liam’s piano practice
  • 8:00 AM Morning Exercise
  • 8:05 AM Potty time (yes, we schedule that!)
  • 8:15 AM Free play
  • 9:15 AM Storytime!
  • 9:30 AM Math with snack
  • 9:45 AM Shoes and jackets on
  • 9:55 AM Leave for Craft Store activity
  • 11:30 AM Head home for lunch
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 12:30 PM Wes to nap
  • 1:00 PM Board or Paper game
  • 1:15 PM Tin foil art
  • 1:45 PM Free Play
  • 2:30 PM Snack Time
  • 2:45 PM Quiet activity time (I have a list of activities and they get to choose.)
  • 3:15 PM Free Play
  • 4:15 PM Errands (I have to schedule errands or else I will make every excuse I can to avoid doing non-kid friendly chores with three kids.)
  • 5:30 PM Dinner
  • 6:00 PM Clean-up
  • 6:30 PM TV
  • 7:00 PM Bedtime

Now the hard part! Come up with a whole bunch of activities to plug into the schedule! Luckily the internet is full of amazing ideas and I’ve got almost 2 months to get myself organized.

Hopefully I’ll be posting Part 2 soon!