Ever since we began homeschooling a few months ago, I encouraged my son to get certain things accomplished before our lessons would begin: make bed, get dressed, and so on. Though not on a strict schedule, we did find ourselves going by a routine that worked for us. Lately, though, my son has been slacking in certain areas, beginning with tidying up his room.
This has been us for the last two or three weeks:
1) I wake up before my son, shower, and get dressed.
2) My son wakes up, while I'm tidying up my room, after my husband has gone to work.
3) I tell my son to tidy up his room, and get dressed.
4) I do some quick general cleaning, make coffee, and begin breakfast.
5) Remind son to clean his room, and get dressed.
6) Breakfast time.
7) Notice son is still lounging around with his blanket.
8) Dishes are washed.
9) Notice son is still not obeying.
10) Ready to begin lesson, and son is barely going to tidy up his room, but is not interested in getting dressed.
Now, I've been writing, and working on some things for our upcoming "Blossom Tea Party," but I still expect my son to be obedient. It is his choice if he slacks off, but there will be consequences- though, again, I haven't enforced them. I am partly to blame. My first ministry is my home, and as such, I must do my part to bring up my son in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6). We often speak of the Word, and what is expected of us, but a list, and some organization can go a long way.
I made and printed a chart for him to follow every morning. This will give him a visual of what needs to be done, and a sense of accomplishment as he checks off the list. It is made to be used for a month at time, on a typical Monday through Friday schedule. I printed it, and put it in a plastic sleeve. I plan on my son using a water based marker so that we don't have to print the sheet every month. I like to save on ink!
This is in addition, of course, to other household chores he must help with.
His list consists of a few things to do to tidy up his room, and himself before our school day begins. Feel free to download, and use for yourself. Modify it to fit your needs!