Summer is upon us and only the strong will survive. Actually the weak ones survive too, but we almost die trying.
I used to attend MOPS religiously (Mothers of Preschoolers, not like a meeting where people obsessed with actual mops for cleaning floors go) and the only reason I stopped is because I moved. I learned so many helpful things at those meetings. If you have a MOPS near you, go. Your Mother-loving soul needs it! If you don’t have one near you, like me, maybe like start a moms group or something, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Anyways, one of the things I learned at MOPS was about a lady who had a blog and she came up with this, “Summer Points” program. It’s GENIUS. It’s such a simple thing to do too and pretty cheap!
You can read all about the original idea HERE.
I learned about this back in 2015 when my daughter was about to start Kindergarten. I loved the idea but with two little ones, and a baby on the way, I was just too lazy to even try it. But now that she is going into 2nd grade this coming year and I also have a five-year-old, oh and NO BABY on the way, I decided this was a good year to start.
Last summer was HARD for us. I was like, “WHY DOES SCHOOL LET OUT FOR THE SUMMER?! THIS IS PURE TORTURE! I CAN’T DEAL WITH THE “I’M HUNGRY” AND THE CONSTANT FIGHTING!!!” So in attempt to not have another horrible summer with my kids, I took some time out to make up some things they can do to earn some points.
It did take some time. So PLAN accordingly. Don’t just think you can sit down for ten minutes and get it done. It took me about two hours. But the good news is that’s the hardest part. After you plan what they’re going to do for points, and the rewards that follow, you just print and then let your kids have the fun making their boards. Spoiler alert: You don’t even have to print. If hand writing is your thing you can totally do that! You can make this as easy or as complex as you want.
Here are some of the idea’s I came up with for my kiddos.
For my seven-almost-eight-year-old
- Learn to cook a meal – 100 pts
- Learn to make sweet tea – 20 pts
- Learn Macramé – 200 pts
- Make a menu for next week – 300 pts
- Research how and plant a small garden – 175 pts
- Create your own board game – 150 pts
- Create a treasure hunt – 100 pts
- Create an obstacle course – 100 pts
- Create a play – 225 pts
- Write a song – 50 pts
- Serve someone / do something kind for no reason – 75 pts
- Make someone a care package – 50 pts
- Make a get-well card for someone who is sick – 60 pts
- Babysit for free – 125 pts
- Make a YouTube video – 75 pts
- Give someone a compliment – weekly – 30 pts
- Read a chapter book – 110 pts
- Write a book about our family – 500 pts
- Illustrate one of Mimi’s books – 400 pts
- Set a goal to accomplish each week – if accomplished – 100 pts
- Do a photoshoot with a friend – 75 pts
- Learn to French braid – 200 pts
- Listen and take notes in a sermon – 100 pts
- Teach someone how to tie their shoes – 100 pts
- Leave an encouraging note in someone’s car – weekly – 50 pts
- Learn how to write the alphabet in cursive – 150 pts
- Learn how to edit a picture – 75 pts
- Make a movie – 200 pts
- Make a music video – 100 pts
- Write a book report on a book you’ve read – 100 pts
- Make a thank you card – 25 pts
- Set up a lemonade stand – 80 pts
- Teach Denver a song – 50 pts
- Sing a special by yourself – 500 pts
- Write a book about what good manners are and why they’re important – 200 pts
- Learn to backstroke – 150 pts
- Get to know a new friend – 100 pts
- Write 10 favorite things about a friend and give it to them – 75 pts
- Tell someone you love them – weekly – 50 pts
- Learn to rollerblade – 100 pts
- Learn to mow the lawn
For my five-year-old
- Learn to make a shake – 100 pts
- Sing a special by yourself – 500 pts
- Learn to backstroke – 200 pts
- Give candy to the bank teller – 50 pts
- Make and Take treats to the fire station – 75 pts
- Pick up trash at the assembly – 100 pts
- Invite a friend over who doesn’t have many friends – 300 pts
- Make a YouTube video – 150 pts
- Plant a small garden – 200 pts
- Help organize a brunch – 100 pts
- Make a clubhouse outside – 300 pts
- Write 10 favorite things about a friend – 250 pts
- Tell someone you love them – 30 pts
- Bait a hook – 50 pts
- Catch a fish – 125 pts
- Learn to skate – 75 pts
- Serve someone / do something kind for no reason – 200 pts
- Set a goal to accomplish each week – if accomplished – 150 pts
- Learn to tie your shoes – 500 pts
- Go on a bug hunt – 50 pts
- Milk a goat – 100 pts
And here are their rewards.
Copelyn’s Rewards –
Go to the Brownwood/Abilene pool and take a friend – 800 pts
Go skating – 700 pts
Go to Trampoline place in Abilene – 1000 pts
Go to Paint the Town in Abilene – 1000 pts
Have a sleepover – 775 pts
Go to Six Flags – 3000
Get a snow cone – 100 pts
Go out to eat – 300 pts
Unlimited screen time day – 500 pts
Get a new outfit – 500 pts
Go to a movie – 600 pts
Go to Chuck E. Cheese – 800 pts
Mom does your chores for the week – 650 pts
Do gymnastics for a month – 400 pts
Pick an art project that you want to do – 200 pts
Adam’s Rewards –
Go to chuck e. cheese – 1000 pts
Go to trampoline place – 700 pts
Go to Eastland Pool – 400 pts
Have a sleepover – 300 pts
Get a snow cone – 100 pts
Go out to eat – 600 pts
Go to a movie – 700 pts
Unlimited screen time day – 1000 pts
Mom does chores for a week – 800 pts
Get a new toy or $20 to spend – 800 pts
Pick a project on Pinterest to do – 500 pts
I have things on here that cost a lot of money, like going to Six Flags. But that’s because my daughter has a free ticket from doing 600 minutes of reading at school. So don’t think you have to put extravagant things on there to make this work. I would’ve put things like, “going to the park or zoo” but I hate those things. Lol! I don’t want to go to a park in the heat of summer, nor do I want to go watch animals that are as miserable to be there as I am.
As you can see, this picture is anything from glamorous. It’s not like most things you find on professional blogs or pinterest, where markers and pens have their own jars, paper is stacked neatly to the side, and there’s a bin with 3 drawers for other arts and crafts… This is about as organized as a, “Hey I just ran to Walmart to grab this stuff because supplies don’t last in our house.” Actually that’s EXACTLY how organized it was. But it’s real and it’s my life, and it’s real life for a lot of you too.
My daughter LOVES charts and organization, so this was right up her alley. She doesn’t need help, she likes doing things like this on her own. She’s very creative. They only had a little time to work on it before they went to bed. They’ll work on it throughout the week when they have time and want to.
This is what Copelyn’s looks like:
We haven’t filled out the “Summer Rules” chart yet. But it will include daily chores and getting worksheets done, plus other things that they have to do before they can get any screen time. There’s a Blank Summer Rules Chart and a Filled in version. The chart on the left is a “100s” chart that we started last week. You can find that here. My kids really want and need new bikes because they’ve grown out of their old ones, but they have horrible attitudes. So once they reach 100 marks for good attitudes, they get their bikes. It has been an awesome motivator. I can’t believe how well it works, actually!
…and here’s Adam’s…
Yeah.. poor kid doesn’t have a chance when it comes to being creative. He is his mother’s son!
Disclaimer: I live in a 2 bedroom apartment right now with 4 kids. So before you judge evvvverrrryyyything in the background… just know that I sort of have a reason! That reason also could be that I didn’t pick up before I started this blog and now i’m reaping what i’ve sewn… buuuut we’ll go with the ole’ “I live in a two bedroom apartment” thing. We may have taken the whole Dave Ramsey, “Live like no one else” thing a little TOO literally.
Also, disregard my foot in the lower left hand corner.
I put things on my kids lists that I know they’ll have trouble with. Those things are worth more points of course. I HOPE this will last throughout the summer and that they won’t surprise me with accomplishing everything in the first month. If they do then i’m going to be in trouble and bankrupt. Cue 1,304 blog posts in desperation to make some money.
There are so many variations of how you could put this points thing to good use. You don’t have to buy a tri-fold board like I did. You can do it in a notebook, or pin papers to a bulletin board, or even dry erase. It just needs to be something where the kids can see it every day. Kids have great reactions to reward systems. I used to think, “My kids shouldn’t have to have a reward system to accomplish things.” And maybe they SHOULDN’T. They should just do it anyways. But for goodness sakes, they are KIDS. Aren’t we all a little more motivated when we know we’ll get a reward, even as adults? I know I am!
Which by the way, there is a MOMS POINTS/REWARDS PROGRAM! Someone call Oprah because EVERYONE gets a points program! You an find that on the same blog that I mentioned above. Here’s a link for you!
I hope you liked this idea as much as I did. Let me know what you think in the comments. 🙂