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Printable: Age Appropriate Chore Charts

@mvemother Age Appropriate Chore Chart (free printable)
I have a seven year old who doesn’t comb his own hair…there I said it.  Judge me, go ahead…I’ll wait while you shame me with your disapproving stares.  It’s okay, I know that this is completely MY fault.  I let my kids be lazy but who out there isn’t guilty of it now and then?  Sometimes I don’t want to teach a lesson I just want the laundry to be put away before 9 p.m.  We never buy shoes with strings anymore so what does it matter my son can’t tie a knot?  And that last admission is why one of our homeschooling goals for the year is teaching personal responsibility and care.

I love making charts, checklists, calendars, etc., I’m just one of those kinda gals.  Pinterest hasn’t helped me with this little addiction either; there are so many ideas out there I get giddy at the possibilities! But if you want a chore chart to be effective you’ve got to be able to set parameters and expectations.  About a year ago I found a list, let’s just call it the holy grail from here on out.  It’s perfect. It’s broken down into the following categories: Personal Care, Clothing Care, Household Skills, Cooking Skills, Financial Skills, Lawn & Garden Care, Navigation & Auto Skills, and Other Skills.  AND, it lists the age to begin and the age you can expect a child to master a specific task.
@mvemother free printable age appropriate chore chart
Using this list*, I have been able to make pretty extensive chore charts that aren’t just things to do…they’re actual challenges for my responsibility challenged kids!  I changed things up for my 14-almost 15 year old.  As the oldest he’s always been the responsible one, aren’t we always :P, so for him I decided to make a goal list instead.  ALL OF THESE LISTS ARE CUSTOMIZABLE.

5 Year Old Chore Chart

7 Year Old Chore Chart

15 Year Old Goals

Master Chart

After printing out each child’s chart, I put it in a frame (with glass or plexi-glass), and then hung it on the wall, along with a dry erase marker.  This is our chalkboard painted command central wall-we didn’t do that great of a job cleaning it before we took these photos.

@mvemother Free, Age Appropriate Chore Chart@mvemother Free Age Appropriate Chore Chart (printable)

*Here’s the thing, I’ve looked EVERYWHERE, trying to find the original source for this list and I can’t.  I’ve typed nearly half the list into a search engine and always end up with nothing.  So, against my better judgment I’m still sharing it with the hope that if the original author finds this post they will tell me who they are so I can give credit where it is due!

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1 comment:

  1. love this idea

    with 4 kids
    of different ages
    it's hard to come up with
    real chores
    that are doable
    for each age

    these are a huge help

    thanks for sharing
    at Fridays Unfolded

    just shared this post
    on the Stuff and Nonsense
    FB page!



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