View Poll Results: Do your kids do chores as a part of their "school" day?

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  • No, chores are not a part of our day.

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  • Sometimes, when I need a little help.

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    Default Do you make chores apart of your homeschooling day?

    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). 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?
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    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.
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    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!

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    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.)
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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