I’ve been asked by enough people about our family store reward system, that I figured it warranted a post. I’ve tried many variations of chore charts, sticker charts, reward systems, etc, but this by far is the one that has worked best. I don’t know if it’s because I’m more consistent or the kids just respond really well to it.
I just started with a simple laminated “task chart.” I had 3 for each kid (morning, afternoon, evening) but it was too much. I made it extra simple and this seems to work. The circle is for when it’s her night to set the table and once or twice a week they each have one household chore like take out the trash, vacuum, clean windows, etc.
At the end of the day, my husband looks at their chart. If they have done all that they should, they get 3 saint coins. (more on how I made them later) He doles out the coins so he can talk with them about the day they had and what they accomplished and because I will forget every single night if it were up to me. I give them extra coins throughout the day if I catch them doing a good deed or they were extra attentive in class. One of my children was having trouble completing his work in a timely manner. So I now set a timer and if he beats the timer, he gets an extra coin. He’s starting to beat the timer most days.
To make the coins, I printed out badges from Happy Saints ebooks at 50% their size. If you don’t have a Happy Saints ebook, get one!! We use them for greeting cards, homeschool religion classes, service projects, just tons of stuff. So I printed out the badges on label paper. I was able to get about 20 on a page printing them at 50%. I then cut them out and stuck them on little wooden discs you can get at the craft store. I forgot the diameter of mine, but it was around 2 inches I think. Then I sealed the coins with spray modge podge.
A friend asked me to make some for her, and this time I used printable shrinky dink paper. I printed the badges at 100% size, but I set the color to the lowest intensity so they would be too dark after being cooked. (control p; main tab; under color/intensity, click manual; set intensity all the way to light). The shrinky dink coin is smaller, but turned out great! And it saved me a lot more time doing the shrinky dink way! I was able to make 30 coins with one pack of shrinky dink paper.
Finally, every Friday night, they get to shop in the family store. The 5 box has small candy, trips the the coffee shop with mom or dad or to a bookstore. The 10 box has plastic bracelets, bigger candy, and the big hit…microwave popcorn for Friday night movie night. The 15 box has slinkys, lego minifigures, fancy pencils, and various things found in the Target dollar section. And extra coins the kids have, they can roll them over to the next week, but they usually spend them all.