One of the best ways to get a child to complete a task is by creating some type of a consistent reward system. This system has helped my children to be more:
-Conscious of their behavior, and how it impacts them
- Aware that most things in life are not instant. You have to work for them over a period of time.
I have tried several reward systems for my children. This is one of my favorites. It's simple, my children are able to see their immediate progress as they work towards a long-term goal, and there's a little bit of healthy competition. Get your kids involved with this project as you complete it!
You will need:
-Printer or printing source (Office Depot, Library, etc...)
-Card stock or any type of paper that you choose
-Stars in a Jar Printable
(for girls click here) (for boys click here)
-Magnet or tape
-Star stickers of any variety
Step 1: Print out Stars in a Jar printout. Since I have two boys, I printed out two and just used different colors. I chose colored card stock that I purchased from Hobby Lobby, but you can choose any type of paper that suits your needs.
Step 2: Cut out printable. Discuss your specific goal/reward system with your kiddos, and place jar in a designated area where they can see it and add to their progress daily. Whenever my kiddos come when they are called, share, peacefully work out conflicts with each other, and complete their chores, they receive stars.
Step 3: When the entire jar is full, reward time! This go round, we took a trip to Air Walk Trampoline Park. Fun! Let me know if this method is helpful for you and your kiddos. Feel free to send pics! We want to praise n' post your flow!
Firefighters are one of the first groups of superheros that kids are introduced to in life. The sirens and lights, water hoses and super cool fire trucks....all of it is awesome! I smile when my little one gets all excited when he sees a fire truck whizzing by, or gets to climb into one at a fair or outside event every now and then. And what does he want for his birthday? Of course, a fire engine. And not just any fire engine. It has to have lights and sirens that work...or its not of any use at all, right? At least this is what he told me. All of this got me to thinking...I probably need to brush up on our fire safety plan. A fire is a real danger, and I want my children to be able to know what to do - especially if they are separated from my hubby and I in a house fire, or any other fire for that matter.
(our community fire station)
I found some aids on-line to assist me in dusting off our fire safety plan. The originals can be found at www.orlandfire.org and www.safekids.org.
So happy I came across these! I wanted to customize them for my children, so this is what I came up with. I love the cards by safekids.org, but they were a little difficult to print out. So with a little bit of copying and pasting, I came up with this...
This is a simple and fun activity to do with your kids. This is what you will need:
-Fire Safety Plan Memory Card Printable Set
(Printable 1-click here) (Printable 2-click here) (Printable 3-click here)
-Printer or a print source (Office Depot, library, etc...)
-Card stock or paper of your choice
-Pencils, coloring pencils, crayons, etc
-Hole puncher, scissors, or a paper cutter
-Brass prongs (fasteners), string/ribbon, or a key ring
Step 1: Print and cut the first two pages of the Fire Safety Plan Printable Set into squares.
Step 2: Have a discussion about each step with your kids. Make it fun and review with a memory game. Mix the cards, turn them over, and have your child match each step with each picture. When done, fasten with a brass prong, string, ribbon or a key ring and make plans to review periodically.
Step 3: Let your kiddos complete the floor plan. Directions are listed on printout. Set up a permanent location where your kiddos can see your plan regularly.
Step 4: Act it out! My kids and I went through multiple scenarios of what to do in case of a fire. We discussed crawling towards exits, how to open windows, our meeting place if we were separated, and which neighbors to contact in case of an emergency.
You never know when an emergency can occur, so prepare your children. They are never to young to learn! Here is a list of some other helpful resources:
-sparky.org (interactive games and learning materials for kids)
-ready.gov/kids (animated info and other related materials for older kids)
Let me know if this has been helpful to you and your kiddos. Feel free to send pics of your plan or your fire drill in action. We want to praise n' post your flow!