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Chores for Homeschoolers: How to Make a Schedule

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How do you keep your house clean and homeschool your kids?

Homeschooling your kids doesn’t mean you can’t keep your house in order.

There will be days when the mess takes over, that’s just life with kids, but in general, you can make a routine to work for you.

Depending on your kid’s ages, you can create a simple homeschool chore schedule for your family.

Currently, I have 4 kids ages 10-16 so you will need to adjust the chores according to what your kids can handle.

That being said, even a 3-year old can do simple chores such as pick up clothes from the floor, put shoes away, and help clean off the table.

I do not pay my kids to do chores unless it’s a huge project that doesn’t need to be done very often such as cleaning out the vehicle every few months.

Everyday chores are something we all share because we all live in our home and contribute to making it dirty.

Chores for Homeschoolers: How to Make a Schedule

In our home, we have a rotating chore schedule that works for my kid’s ages.

It hangs on the fridge and includes dishes, laundry, bathrooms, and trash/floor.

Each week my children are responsible for one of those chores for the whole week.

Normally dishes are the most hated chore because it needs to be done several times a day.

The other chores are much easier so they get a break when they get bathrooms or trash/floor.

Laundry usually needs to be done twice a day but it doesn’t take too long to put in a load and fold a few things.

We’ve been on this schedule for a few months of rotating each week and it’s working out very well.

How to schedule homeschool chores

You need to figure out what you need the most help with, in your home.

In what area do you fall short in or what area do you need the most assistance?

Make a list and according to your kid’s ages, determine how or when they could help with that chore.

A teenager can definitely learn to make supper, do laundry, yard work or any other larger task with ease.

My daughter who is a teenager took over the entire house when I was hospitalized and ran everything smoothly including caring for the other kids.

Life skills are very important to teach your children.

After you make a list of areas you need help, you have to determine what child can help out in what area.

If you only have 1 or 2 kids this is a simple task but with more children, you will have to divvy them out according to their abilities.

Teach them how to do the chores and what you expect things to look like when they are done.

In the past, I have given them a test run to see how it went.

Do they need more instructions?

Can they reach or lift the necessary items?

Make adjustments after you give the chores a trial run with your kids.

What can your kids do?

Ages 2-4

  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper
  • Put books on shelf
  • Put toys away
  • Throw away garbage
  • Help feed pets
  • Help water plants
  • Wipe down with a soapy rag

Ages 5-7

  • Clear table after dinner
  • Organize shoes/books
  • Help fold laundry
  • Help set the table
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Wipe off the kitchen table
  • Match socks

Ages 8-10

  • Sweep and vacuum
  • Get mail
  • Wash windows/mirrors
  • Fold laundry
  • Prep vegetables/salads
  • Make simple meals/ toast or eggs
  • Wash dishes

Ages 11+

By ages 11 or 12, your child should be able to do most of the chores around the house including making simple meals.

My 12-year-old can make almost any dinner with me lightly supervising.

Give your children the chance to learn how to properly chop vegetables, stir sauces, mop floors, take over the laundry and wash dishes/clean the counter.

Most children this age can also do yard work such as raking leaves, mow the grass if they are big enough, garden and maintain landscaping.

Related: Free Family Chore Printables

When to Schedule Chores

We do chores in the morning before school starts and again in the afternoon if needed.

It looks roughly like this:

  • Wake
  • Get dressed
  • Eat breakfast
  • Chores
  • School time
  • Lunch-time
  • Finish school
  • Check up on chores
  • Free time

Most days we are done with school after lunch but there are days when the kids linger and it runs after lunch.

We do a quick check of chores in the afternoon and whoever has the dishes will continue throughout the day.

Now that my kids are older, I have found that most chores need done once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

Some chores don’t have a time frame because your children are assisting you with everyday life such as washing produce or making salads.

Why are chores important for your kids?

Your job as a parent is to prepare your child mentally and physically to become a well-rounded adult.

Chores teach your children life skills, time management, using teamwork, sharing the load of others, and responsibility.

My kids still have plenty of free time to play, draw, or do whatever they please with their time.

What if my child refuses to do their chores?

In our home, chores are not optional. We all use dishes, clothes, dirty the house, and contribute to its mess so we all help to keep it clean.

If a child is refusing to do their chores then that is their choice. Except they don’t get screen time until it gets done.

I haven’t met a child that would give up their screen time whether it’s TV, video games, tablet apps or skyping a friend.

If my children want their screen time they know their chores need to be done. Getting my kids to do their chores hasn’t been an issue since they understand the consequences.

What chores for homeschoolers do you have in your home? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for sharing!

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