As you know, I’m a big user of charts – behavior charts, chore charts, rule lists, you name it! We use them off and on as needed, whether to get things back on track when we hit a bumpy patch or establish new habits. They are probably just as helpful for me as they are for the boys and maybe more so! I’ve made a number of different charts over time, and I’ve always just made them myself. It’s easy enough – open up Word and start creating. I can customize the chart for the specific plan or behaviors, the options are endless. and I can print off a new copy any time.
Kiddy Charts has a number of ready-made charts, designed around common goals and issues – toilet training, getting ready for bed, staying in bed (hurrah!), and a few more. Depending on the size chosen, the ready-made charts run from £4.95 to £7.95, are laminated, and ship free in the UK (that translates to about $7.50-$14 US plus $5.00 shipping). A few are available for download.
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that our recent chore charts have worked great with Zip, but maybe a little less so with Bee. The downsides of using a traditional chore chart with a 3-year-old is that 1) he doesn’t really grasp the calendar-like lay-out and 2) some days we don’t have time for him to do his “chores,” which makes it unclear at the end of the week if he earned a reward or not. The Track Me chart is perfect – he earns stickers when he does a “chore,” but there no problem if he doesn’t do it. The more he does, the faster he completes his track and earns a special something. Bee loves this one too! The design is just really engaging and fun for him. He also gets a big kick out of the fact it looks like he is driving a car on the chart. And he announced to me this morning, totally on his own, “I’m putting my toys away so I can get a sticker on my chart.” Well, hello!