This printable chore chart pack includes:
- Several icons that can be used for various jobs such as “play independently for 30 minutes” or “pick up toys”
- Puzzle charts, lists of chores, daily tasks star, “extra earning contract”
- Morning Routine puzzle and “Sun and Star” morning and nighttime task puzzles
- Explanation as to how it would fit into a homeschool curriculum or how any family can benefit from learning life skills.
How these chore charts help kids develop executive functioning
So first, what is executive functioning? It is a life skill that is a set of mental skills that help you get things done such as managing time or paying attention.
Therefore having charts help kids visualize both what they have already done and what needs to happen next. For instance, our daughter uses the Sun and Star from this pack for her morning and evening routines. She doesn’t get to put the pictures together until the task is complete. We have written and drawn a small picture on each piece because when she started doing chore, she wasn’t reading. Eve if a child can read, the pictures are just a visual cue of what to do.
An example as to how to use the sun and star daily routine charts
How to display chore contracts for daily use
The easiest way to use these charts is to print, laminate, and use small circular magnets on the back.
We then got a small magnetic board to display them all in the kids’ room on the back of the closet door. We did this because the youngest siblings were messing with the magnets on the fridge.
Why use visual icons on chore cards?
It helps with both pre-readers, but also for a visual cue of what a child needs to be doing. Many kids are very visual in how they learn, so as they’re building executive functioning skills, they will learn to do a mental checklist and they can visual the next steps!
Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!