I found this post while poking through my archives for old posts on back to school. I had forgotten about this great tool for keeping kids on track in the morning and evening. One of the most precious parts of the tool for me is tracing the hand of each child and seeing them grow.
I cannot claim any credit for this idea, but I so love the idea – using fingers to help little ones remember their personal care jobs in the morning and evening. I found this idea on Raising Five and believe me, I’ve been back to learn more about the loud, crazy life of a family with five kids.
Katharine from Raising Five used 4 x 6 index cards to make hers. After making mine on 8.5 x 11 cardstock, I think I’d like to use something in between, like 5.5 x 8.5. Something big enough to be seen and not lost, but not so big that it takes up a lot of space.
Up above are the ones that I did with my almost five year old. He was lead kid on the project. He helped pick the colors and the one word descriptions for the final version. I also did a set for my almost three year old and one for my 20 month old who likes to do everything that her brothers are doing. When we tried it yesterday morning, it was a bit chaotic with Dad being home on a week day, but I can see this working over time.
We have the morning set posted on the fridge and the evening set posted on the bedroom doors upstairs. My almost five year old asked to bring his morning one with him while he did his “jobs” which is why I think a smaller piece of paper might work better. In my copious free time, I think I’ll have the kids do their hands again on smaller paper, do the jobs again and then scan them into the computer for backup in case we lose a card.
These “job” hands are part of a plan that I’m working on. Preschool classrooms use pictures and words to identify tasks and places to store stuff for the kids. These “communication” cards become a second adult in the classroom, but one that guides the kids and encourages them to do it themselves. I found a website that uses that idea which I’ll post more about later. It may take me a few days to do the post since we have a baptism tomorrow (Sunday).