View Full Version : Do you make chores apart of your homeschooling day?

11-10-2010, 08:26 AM
When I was little my mom put all our weekly chores into a bowl we then reached in and pick what chore we were going to do(of course little sister could trade hers if she wanted to! NOT FAIR:mad:). We did this on a Saturday because of school, work and it was the first time we were all together during the day for more than a couple of hours.

But now with homeschooling my boys, I have found that I incorporated taking out the trash or mowing the lawn into their daily "school" schedule. Resulting in a much cleaner house and boys who know how to sort the laundry as well as make a simple meal. Personally I love the fact that they can do these small jobs, since I have noticed with other teenagers on the our street never even come outside to help their parents do the yard work. I know others homeschooling families where the kids help out at the family business as part of their day as well.

So what do your kids do with regards to chores? Do you have a list of things they check off or are they at that point where they know what needs to be done and just do?

11-10-2010, 08:53 AM
Yes, we do. The kids are responsible for picking up the stuff in their room, feeding the dog and walking the dog every day. Less frequently, they have to help with the vacuuming, sweeping and washing the floors and the dishes, and even more rarely, we have them help with the cooking.

11-10-2010, 09:29 AM
I checked other....We have tried chore charts, making a list of things to be done with how much we will pay in allowance, etc. That never has stuck (though the list is still on the fridge, I guess I should take that down). Both kids are responsible for making their beds and keeping their rooms cleaned, which includes vacuuming and dusting at least once a week, but I don't really feel like those are "chores" because it is THEIR rooms....it is just being responsible for themselves. My son also helps with some little cooking tasks (peeling potatoes or carrots, making muffins, etc.) which he really enjoys. As someone else mentioned this is a great way to work on following directions. My daughter (she is not homeschooled) unloads the dishwasher everyday (because I hate doing it, and it just makes my life a little easier). Both kids take turns setting the table. Again, I don't really feel like that is chores because it is so minimal.
Ocassionally they wipe up their bathrooms, dust, or vacuum but really as far as cleaning goes, that is all me. My parents definitely feel like I need to make them do more, and they certainly made us do more (and I tend to agree- they are 12 and 14 for goodness sake). I would love for my son to help out with yardwork (I would love to let go of my lawncare person), but right now I want him to focus on school, music, and tennis. If he had a ton of downtime I am sure we would work on that but they really don't!

*We used to have an issue with my daughter leaving for school and not making her bed. I could see it all day and it bugged me so I would end up mad and I would make it. I tried everything (my husband wasn't much help reminding her)...best results- when I told her if she didn't make her bed, her brother would do it and she would have to pay him $1 for every time he did it. It has been a month...he waits anxiously...she has not forgotten!

11-10-2010, 09:43 AM
We don't have "chores" per se, but we all pitch in on any job that needs doing. That includes mother, father, and the seven year old. Jack can dry and put away dishes, take out the trash, sweep the floor, sort and wash laundry, set the table, cook (a little), clean the bathroom, and just about anything else that needs doing. We keep it easy -- it's my job to see and announce that the house needs tending, but then Dad and son pitch in and we all do it together. (I wish it didn't have to be my job to notice...but I'll take what I can get.)

11-10-2010, 09:44 AM
I put other because my daughter will help out when I'm doing housework. She helps with the laundry, helps me dust, etc. For those things I don't have to ask her to do it she just does. Her one "chore" though is to pick up her toys and she just started getting an allowance each week ($1 a week to start). I feel like we fit in other because she is expected to pick up her toys each day, but we don't have a chore list or anything like that, and she'll just help out to help out.

11-10-2010, 09:54 AM
I chose "Other" because I don't view chores as a part of school--our philosophy is that it's a part of life. All four of us are members of this family. All four of us eat. All four of us make messes. All four of us get our clothes dirty. Thus, ALL four of can work to make sure the household runs smoothly, from setting tables, helping cook, clean, wash/dry dishes, laundry, vacuuming, raking, etc.

I would be expecting the same from my kids regarding "chores" whether they were homeschooled or brick-and-mortar schooled.

11-10-2010, 10:04 AM
I checked yes, it's important but I don't really consider it part of the school day. Their chores are done either before we start school in the morning or later in the afternoon as part of an evening pick-up. The boys are still young so I don't have them do a lot. They're both responsible for picking up their own things and rooms. They work together emptying the dishwasher and sometimes vacuum. My older son was hoping to increase his allowance so I'm teaching him to do the kids laundry and load the dishes into the dishwasher. I don't think he would be doing those things if we weren't homeschooling though because of time constraints.

11-10-2010, 10:05 AM
We're bad here. My younger kids don't really do much in the way of chores. They are young and unfortunately, can not be trusted with water or cleaning products (not even my 5 year old). They do help clean up their toys but I have to be right there too. Our bed situation is a little bizarre so there's no making of beds. Our kitchen is awful so they aren't usually allowed in there and there is just no way for them to put away dishes without serious health risks. I'm hoping with our new house I can put them to work a little more. I don't plan to have them do it as part of school though. We need as few distractions as possible while doing school.

My oldest does her own laundry, cleans her room and sometimes makes her own dinner. Of course, since she's in public school it isn't part of school.

11-10-2010, 10:08 AM
We don't have assigned chores per say, as in I don't have some sort of official chores board that shows what each of the kids has to do each day. I've tried doing that and it has never worked for us. Mostly because on any given day I'm not sure what's going to need to be done or if the kids will even be around to do their chores, such as if they end up getting invited to go to a grandparent's house or a friend's house.

What has worked best for us is to instill the expectation in the kids that we are all expected to pitch in when the house needs to be picked up or if the dishes need to be done or what-have-you. Husband or I will just say, "Alright everyone, the house is looking pretty awful, let's work together and get it back in order". Then it's all hands on deck and we get it done. If we notice that the kid's rooms are looking bad, we mention it to them and tell them that they should probably think about cleaning their rooms soon. Usually they'll go up almost immediately and start working on it. It's at the point now where the kids will often pick up the house and rooms on their own without us asking, because they know that things need to get done and they need to help.

And yes, cleaning and picking up is a very important part of our school day, we just don't have chores really. We have a small house and things get messy quickly. If we didn't stay on top of the cleaning throughout the day we'd be drowning in books, papers, toys, and other messes by the evening.

Kristine Brown
11-10-2010, 10:19 AM
i marked 'other' as i don't consider our daily tasks to be 'chores' they are just part of our daily life and everyone participates in daily life. everyone in the house has a set list of responsibilities and i have a spot in our records that is labeled 'general living skills' in which i log the main responsibilities they do each day.

11-10-2010, 10:52 AM
We are starting to introduce enlisting DS's help more around the house, but I hesitate to call them "chores". Until recently I hadn't asked for much help because in all honesty, I *like* to take care of the house and I like to do things for my family. But, I realize I'm not doing him any favors if I take care of everything (plus there have been too many comments out of his mouth about how "mommy can do it!") so I'm having him be part of the action more and more. I started having him set the table a few weeks ago, and after a few days of grumbling, it's automatic now. Victory! He's also responsible for putting away his laundry (I fold, since like his dad, it just wouldn't get done otherwise) and picking up toys, books etc. Our house is really open concept so we just pick up throughout the day and it's simple to keep clean, so there isn't a ton for him to do. He likes to help his dad in the garage or doing "man stuff" too, and is getting to be quite a good helper. Again, it's not chores per se, but it is helping and being responsible.

Theresa Holland Ryder
11-10-2010, 11:37 AM
The kids have their daily chores (one thing each, no Cinderellas here) and sometimes I have the kids do various cleaning and maintenance things with me so that they learn how to do them. Like homeschool home ec. :)

11-10-2010, 12:25 PM
I checked yes. Since schooling is mixed in equally with everything else around here I guess it would sort of be part of our school day but I wouldn't call it schooling. We also don't call them chores. Its just part of the day. J gets more "jobs" added in as he gets older because well he is older and can mentally and physically handle more. He doesn't really know the difference that its "extra" because its always just been part of the deal. He helps out around the house. So to him he is helping not doing a chore. I try to not make any difference between him brushing his teeth or changing out a load of laundry. It all must be done one way or the other so the more he helps around the house the more things get done and lol best of all the more free fun time he has to play. Win Win deal.

11-10-2010, 02:16 PM
I chose yes. He's responsible for laundering his clothes and bedding, does all of the dishes, cares for the chickens, cleans his own bathroom, vacuums, mows the lawn, and helps hubby with household and vehicle maintenance. We view chores as part of his education, as he is an "adult-in-training" and will need to know how to do all of it proficiently by the time he leaves home.

11-10-2010, 04:49 PM
I chose yes it's important. In our home, "homeschooling" is our way of living life each and every day. Besides studying and doing her daily lessons, my daughter is responsible for cleaning her room and feeding her cats. She also helps out with her younger brother. She helps with diaper changes and also picks up his toys (he's only 1, he doesn't get the concept yet, lol) Eventually I plan to have my daughter washing dishes and helping to make dinner. She's only 6 right now, so I think she's pulling her weight in chores around here. ;)

Stella M
11-10-2010, 05:18 PM
Yes, it's important...if we didn't all pitch in on a daily basis, without argument, I would go insane. Nobody gets paid for it either. I sound like the Chore Nazi but truly - being at home creates a lot of work and there is no way I am doing it all! Also, I don't want them to be domestically incapable when they leave home. They do the usual stuff - bedroom care, pet care, dishes, sweeping, vacuuming when asked - also for the older kids, bringing washing in, folding washing, making menus, occasionally cooking, running errands on the street or at the local shops.
Is it part of our homeschool day ? I guess so, it just slots in there, I count it towards 'practical arts' for the littlies or 'home ec' for the highschooler.

11-10-2010, 09:54 PM
I can't really add anything to this discussion... I also voted 'yes, it's important', but like some of the others have said, it's not really 'school', but is incorporated into the school day. I do mark 'home economics' off the list of we don't have anything else that serves in that place on that day (like grocery shopping or helping Dad fix something or what have you).
I don't want my kids to grow up not knowing how to do basic home care, and I don't want them to be responsible for more than their share of the care and keeping of our home either.
We've tried several different versions of chore charts, but rarely stick with them; usually I just say, "Hey, I need you to go do XYZ" or ask if they see anything that needs to be done. We're working on getting them to realize and do without Mom reminding them:)

11-10-2010, 10:13 PM
We don't have a list of assigned chores other than the standard stuff of their rooms and their belongings. However we generally all work together to get the house in order. Unfortunately I am not good at picking up as we go so every few days we need to spend an 30 - 60 minutes cleaning up and we just all do it together. Kids vacuum and tidy and I do much of everythng else!

11-11-2010, 09:55 AM
I marked no and felt guilty as I did - I mean, I think kids should have chores! But as I read some of the responses, I felt better. My kids do pitch in and help. They're not always perfect about it and occasionally they give a half-hearted grumble, but if I say, hey, we really need to clean x, then they do it and do their best. So, I guess that's good enough. If we had proper chores, we would probably need a proper schedule and I would have to clean up properly all the time too!

11-11-2010, 12:54 PM
I chose "Other" because I don't view chores as a part of school--our philosophy is that it's a part of life. All four of us are members of this family. All four of us eat. All four of us make messes. All four of us get our clothes dirty. Thus, ALL four of can work to make sure the household runs smoothly, from setting tables, helping cook, clean, wash/dry dishes, laundry, vacuuming, raking, etc.

I would be expecting the same from my kids regarding "chores" whether they were homeschooled or brick-and-mortar schooled.

This is pretty much exactly what I was going say. I feel it's very important for them to do chores & help around the house. It's part of being a family & preparation for life.
We do have a Home Ec/Life Skills class (I use the term 'class' very loosely in regards to this one), but that is stuff like learning to make homemade cleaners, working on the car, woodworking, basic home repair, and sometimes putting a bigger focus on cooking/baking (which they love to help with, but when we focus on it for Home Ec, it's more instructional with practice following recipes, planning menus, comparison shopping, etc.).

11-15-2010, 04:25 PM
I clicked "other". We don't give sonny an allowance, he earns a commission. He doesn't have a list of chores but rather a jobs list. Each "job" earns a set commission. If the "job" doesn't get done by him then he doesn't get paid for it, no free handouts. If a job needs to be done and dad does it instead of sonny it is sonny's loss. If sonny wishes to do a job (like washing the car on Saturday) then he can ask that we hold that job for him until Saturday. Commissions are paid every two weeks. He must give 10% away for charity (animal shelter is his choice of charity), 10% for college savings, and 10% saved for a car purchase (still in the distant future). The remaining 70% is split for spending, 40% for short term savings (like holiday shopping or the video game he has his eye one) and the last 30% is for immediate spending such as going to the movies with his buds or getting ice cream at the youth center. There are also fines. He is fined if he bed is not made or if there are clothes on the floor. He also gets fined is he argues or disrespects us. Sonny does all the math for the commissions (fines if any) and the money distribution.

11-16-2010, 03:10 PM
I voted "other." My children help out around the house and in the yard but there are no set days or guidelines that I have implemented. For two days we have been trimming shrubs and trees. It's a pretty big job so we all worked together. As far as the house goes, they are responsible for their rooms and I ask or they volunteer to dust, vacumm, fold clothes, etc. I can't keep them out of the kitchen. Everyone is interested in cooking. We just all pitch in together.

11-16-2010, 03:45 PM
I put yes.. My kids had chores when they were in public school but they do have a bit more now that they are homeschooled. I tell them we are home all day together making messes so we have to clean up more. Plus when my son was in brick and mortar school after he got done with homework etc I did not have the heart to make him do much more. Homeschooling definitely keeps my house cleaner! YAY

11-16-2010, 03:51 PM
I just gave my son a new chore of feeding the dog every day. He's so excited about it...

...I wonder how long that will last. ;)