This is the boys' bedroom. It is set in one of the dormers of our Cape Cod-style home and is so small that it must be kept neat. Tidying the bedroom is done twice a day.
After two months of using the Maxwell family's book, Managers of Their Chores, Max does a nice job of keeping his room clean. Luca requires much more guidance, not only to make sure he is doing his chores but that they are also done with the right attitude.
Tidying their bookshelves are on the boys' weekly chore list.
Much more than a chore system, the Titus 2 book deals thoroughly with the Biblical perspective of work and is a supplement to Managers of Their Homes, a scheduling guide for homeschooling families. Along with Charlotte Mason's teachings, we are all learning good habits. As usual, I find that I am the one with the most "rail" needing to be re-laid.
Luca wears his chore cards in case he gets distracted or forgets what he needs to do next.
If there is disobedience in this area, we have a jar of extra chores that they draw from. Key though is that we also take the children to the Lord to deal with any sin. We had a good picture of this the other day when Oleg asked us to transplant some flowers. As we began to make ready the new spot, we found that what looked like just a few weeds was actually a tight and vast network of roots. Had we merely planted the flowers and not dealt with the weeds at their roots, the flowers would not be able to survive or would not thrive.
Above are Max's weekly chore cards, below are his daily cards. His evening chores look much the same, just in reverse. I have written the time allowed for each each chore in the corner of the card.