Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Chores and Games

I created a chore chart for Leland. There are 3 things that we decided she needs to do every day: make her bed, put away the clean silverware, and clean up the blankets. Her new favorite thing to do is to take ALL the blankets out of the basket in the living room and stuff them in the crack between the bottom of the couch and the floor. She persists that there are monsters under there.

The chart has pictures of her with each thing "To Do" or "Done". There is Velcro on each side so she can flip it. So far it has worked great. She loves the idea of turning the picture to the "Done" side. I am sure that soon I should upgrade to a chart that shows her progress over a week. But for now I am trying to get her to understand the "chores" concept.

I loved playing Mancala growing up. I remember always playing with my cousins and my sisters. I decided I should teach Leland the game and she has learned quick and LOVES it.

Although sometimes in the middle of a game she will decide to spin the board around, so my side becomes hers, and hers, mine. It's pretty funny. Another quirk is she will decide that she does not want a particular color stone. I will drop a green marble in her bin and she will say "No green ones mom. I only want your purple ones."
Note: Lucy's update to follow when I find the time tonight.


  1. I love it! What a QT! I can not even think about trying to play Mancala with Connor right now. It gives me a headache just thinking about it. We are still trying to master the concept of Memory.

  2. I love the chore chart. I've been working on a similar one for my kids. I think yours is a great idea!

  3. That is the cutest chore chart! What a great idea. I wonder if it works with boyfriends too...