Today was Boo’s first day of her new daily “curriculum” and she was so excited. She saw her cousins doing this in Seattle and I made mental notes of everything their parents had set up for them and adjusted it to work for Boo.
First, we made a contract. It stipulates that she must have a good attitude to get credit for her tasks. It also states the reward system: $1.00 a day if she completes her sheet, 25 cents for extra credit items, and after she completes 30 days she gets a larger reward.
Then I made a daily worksheet. Every morning she has to write the day and date (that she figures out from a calendar I printed off for her). Then she has a few basic tasks she has to finish by the end of the day. She has a chance for extra credit items as well. I’m sure we’ll tweak this sheet as time goes along but it’s a good start:
All of her daily worksheets and subject worksheets are kept in her notebook. I made a few extra credit items to start off with: learning our phone numbers, home address, and learning currency. At the front of her notebook is a picture of a reward she is working towards: a princess skateboard.
I let her pick out her notebook and all the supplies she would need to start. She was so excited and focused:
The reason I know this will work for us? It’s simple, straight forward, and uncomplicated. I can add lots of new exciting stuff via her extra credit tasks. Extra chores I need help with can also be extra credit….so I can make it up as I go. And if we miss a day? No big deal.
I uploaded all the templates I made so far into a zip file if anyone is interested. Click here to download.
Oh, and she also gets 25 cents if she gets ME to exercise every day.
P.S. Thanks to Bill for all the ideas!