One thing I am working to make a habit before we start school is doing chores around the house. Right now, my kids are young, and need to be encouraged (prodded) to do what they need to. Plus, I want then to learn to do it correctly, and faithfully and diligently. So, in the mornings before school, I have a few things around the house that I want to get done, and I have the kids help me. Then, we are all learning to keep our house in good order, the kids see and participate in keeping our house, and they learn from a young age that it is important to keep your house well. Now, I'm not saying I'm the housekeeping champion or anything like that. Ask my mom what my room looked like when I was young. This does not come naturally to me! But, I am hoping this will help form a habit, not only for my children, but also for me-- so that soon, it will just be second nature to keep my house tidy and do the things that need to be done everyday diligently. :-)
Today I made a dishwasher responsibility chart. When I envisioned this, it was laminated and had magnets stuck to the back, but this simple print out with post it notes works great too, and is much cheaper! I do have to edit it a little bit--
I decided today after I printed it that these would be permanent jobs, not rotating ones. So Ben's jobs will be silverware and mugs, Sam's jobs will be bowls and glasses, and Ellie's jobs will be plates and cutting boards.
You can see from the picture that the mugs are too high for Sam and Ellie to reach, so Ben automatically gets that job. Ellie is not great at putting glasses away-- I am always sure she is going to smash them all, so Sam gets that job. Ben gets the silverware because he is best at sorting (when Ellie does the silverware it all gets rearranged!). Sam is better at stacking bowls than Ellie, so he gets bowls and she gets plates-- she can carry them one at a time. And, Ellie needed a second job so she gets cutting boards.
And, there you have a quick outline of our dishwasher responsibilites at our house. Hopefully, they will be age appropriate and the kids will get good at/ used to their jobs quickly.