Last summer I started a chore chart with my boys. It lists what chores they are responsible for and one activity of the day (sometimes fun, sometimes work). I was very good about keeping it up over the summer, but once school started it got to be too much. Last week my oldest asked me if we could do the chore charts again. I quickly agreed! But I felt like we needed something more this year.
I wanted a weekly dry erase board to write the activities of the week. I couldn’t find anything like I wanted at the store. Then I remembered this post about using the glass in a frame as the dry erase and decided to try to make my own!
This chart will be focused on places we have to go or things we are doing during the week. Like a family calendar. Whereas the chore chart gives the chores for the day and an activity (like going to the pool, or doing laundry).
In Photoshop Elements I made this document. I used some digi papers from…can you guess who? Crystal Wilkerson!! I turned the opacity of the papers to 50% so that I could easily write on it and see what I wrote.
On the side of my calendar portion I have a section called Snack Choices. If allowed to choose their own snack every day my boys would go for carbs all the time! I wanted them to begin to work in some other healthy choices as well. So part of the chart lists things we have in the house, but that they may only have once during the week. I’m not sure the best way to keep track of what they have already had. I’m thinking if they both eat the same thing they can erase it from the list. Or they could each have a dry erase marker and put a dot next to the one they ate. We’ll figure out something! But hopefully this will limit the number of carb and sugar based snacks they eat during the week.
Then I listed the snack choices that they can eat anytime. Again, I only listed what we have in the house this week. I am all about encouraging my boys to be independent. I want them to get their own snacks, but I want to guide them to make better choices.
I love the simplicity of writing directly on the glass. It makes an easy dry erase surface! And with this simple (cheap! $3 at Target) 8×10 frame I have the perfect place to keep my family calendar and snack choices for the week! Yay!
What do you do to organize your summer days?