Cleaning out the classroom closet, I unearthed our old Saint Coins!! I did a post about these seemingly forever ago. I thought it would be a good idea to use them again with my younger children. But when I told them about it, the older kids begged to be included! They remembered fondly “the family store” on Friday nights.
I’m happy to report The Family Store is now back in business with a few changes. We no longer use the laminated task sheets. I implemented a hanging tag system a few months ago that works really, really well! I can move tags around to give kids turns with chores and add in monthly chores, such as vacuuming the van, when needed. When the chore is complete, the card is flipped revealing washi tape. Once all the tape is showing on a kids’ row, they can have screen time, friend time, and almost earn their saint coin. I say almost because the one other “task” they must complete to earn the coin is to joyfully complete school that day. Bonus coins go to kids when I see them acting kindly or serving someone when they don’t think anyone is looking.
I’m surprised at how excited the kids are to earn that saint coin every day. The family store is stocked with candy that costs 5 saint coins a piece. Awesome candy around once a week, sounds like a deal to me!
Some of my coins need to be updated, however. I still have a Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and John Paul II. I need to visit Happy Saints again!! I’m sure I’ll find many new saints I want as well. It’s so exciting to share these with my little kids while bringing back fond memories for my older ones.