Now that we can settle into a more normal routine, it is high time for me to get organized and motivated. And not only me... MY KIDS NEED MOTIVATION TOO! I am so tired of them asking to "watch a movie," or hearing that they are "bored."
Inspired by my cousin Margaret, I decided to implement a summertime plan called "The Ticket to Summer!"
like them to do this summer, but which they are not always motivated to do on their own.
Basically, you can earn one ticket by:
- Getting up and dressed for morning prayers by 7:30 am (Mon-Fri) without being woken by mom or dad.
- Doing all the chores on your chart by 9:00 am(Mon-Sat)
- Read a book for 30 minutes
- Practice on the Piano for 30 minutes
- Write a 10 line letter to a friend or family member
- Play nicely with the baby for 30 minutes
- Read to the girls for 20 minutes
- Do 2 pages in Handwriting workbook
- Do 2 Math worksheets
- Do 1 lesson of geography
- Spend time exploring outside and then add a page to your nature journal
- Do an extra job for Mom
You can earn two tickets if you:
- Memorize one poem or song
- Memorize a new prayer or bible verse
- Memorize 25 States and Capitals
- Ask for, and receive training on, a new chore from mom
- Fix a meal (with the approval of mom)
The children can redeem their tickets for a number of different things:
- 20 minute turn on an Educational Computer Game – 2 Tickets
- 20 minutes on EWTN Kids – 2 Tickets
- Stay up for an extra 30 minutes – 2 Tickets
- Watch a video/movie for 30 minutes – 2 Tickets
- Go to the Library for Story time (July only) – 4 Tickets
- Go to the local Bookstore and choose a new book – 6 Tickets
- Go to the Kid Zone – 10 Tickets
- Go out for Ice Cream – 10 Tickets
- $5.00 to do something fun (lunch, ice skating, bowling) – 15 Tickets
I also love my cousins idea of having a biweekly
"Good Behavior Drawing."
In addition to the above, the children can also earn tickets for good behavior that go into a jar. Twice a week, I will draw a ticket from the jar for a prize. They can not ask for these tickets, but, if I catch them being exceptionally good, I will give them a ticket. The better they are the more chances they will have of winning a prize. They can choose there prize themselves, from the prize basket. The prizes include a $5.00 gift card to Target, a couple Activity Books, some art supplies, water balloons and a few toys.
So far, this morning, it is off to a WONDERFUL start! The children are dressed, chores are done, and the boys have both been reading for the past 30 minutes. Hopefully, this enthusiasm will stick!