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It is that time of year again! Kids are headed back to school. Some are excited about it, others, not so much.  I have some of each in my house.

Here is a fun printable for you to enjoy! Click here back to school to download the pdf. Just select it, save to your computer and then send to your favorite printer. You can also click the photo below and save it to your computer. I have found that sometimes the pdf prints better, but not all printers will print a pdf version. Either should be fine.

I think it would be cute with some fun school supplies for a beginning of the year teacher gift also.

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It is time for school again! Hard to believe that summer is over already! I love to take photos of my kids with signs telling what grade they are going into each year. It helps me remember and will be fun for them to look back on as well. It is fun to add a little something to them. Like what they want to be when they grow up. I love the answers I get! I love to see how it changes from year to year. Here is a printable without the “when I grow up” and one with. All you have to do is write in their answer and what grade if you would like, have them hold it while looking cute and you are ready to go! Enjoy!

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Download the pdf for easy printing here: back to school blank

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Download the pdf for easy printing here: back to school when I grow up

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Don’t Eat the Hero – Superhero Version of Don’t Eat Pete, Free Printable!

Have you ever played the game “Don’t Eat Pete”? Are you throwing a superhero party? Well, now you can have both of those at the same time with this awesome free printable we put together for you!  All you need to do, is print it off, glue to card stock if you want to add some support to the thin paper, or print it on cardstock, and small candy to use on the squares (think skittles, mike and ikes, smarties).

If you haven’t played Don’t Eat Pete, here is how you play. Players gather around the board in a circle. Place a piece of candy on each square on the board. The first player turns around so they can’t see the board while another player picks a square.  Do this quietly, by just pointing to avoid the turned player from hearing. Once a square has been selected, the player will turn around and begin taking a piece of candy off each square. They can put it right in their mouths, or hold them to eat later. When they select the square that was chosen, the other players yell “Don’t eat Pete!” or in this case, “Don’t eat (whichever hero you choose).”

So here is your printable. I wouldn’t recommend going any bigger then a sheet of paper with this one as it will begin to be grainy.

To print, click on the image below and save it to your computer. You can then print it from there. Enjoy!

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Easy chore chart, Teach kids responsibility

This summer has been crazy busy! In the middle of all the hustle and bustle I have been trying to get the kids to help more around the house.  They are home all day, and make the mess, so why should the adults be responsible for cleaning it all up? *Disclaimer, my kids are 7, 9 and 12 so I realize that with younger kids this may not work. I also realize that all families are different, but this is what works for us! They have always had chores, but those were just usually kept in my head, which lets face it, sometimes I forget.  I decided since they were out of school it was time to add some chores and increase the difficulty or frequency of some others. My mom used to have a chore chart similar to this, but there were 8 of us on it,yikes! After searching for a chore chart I loved, I decided to go old school and use the method I grew up with. It has been working like a charm.

You will need:

card stock or construction paper (I used 4 sheets)

brads

scissors

fine tip sharpie markers or pens

*Not required but sure helpful, a circle template cutter. This is the one I use and I love it!

There wasn’t a circle size large enough for how big I wanted the biggest circle so I traced a bowl and cut that one by hand with scissors. The others were various sized circles that I cut with the circle cutter.  After the circles are cut, use a brad to hold them together in the middle. Now you can turn the circles to change what they are doing each week.

I wanted a circle for their name, and different tiers for different chores. The first one is the kitchen chores, that need to be done daily, sometimes (but not often) more. The second one are things that may need done more than once a week, but not daily. And the outer circle are chores that need done weekly (although, the take out the trash also requires the person to take out the inside trash bag when it gets full in addition to taking out all the garbage the night before garbage day). In addition to the chart, they are responsible for folding their laundry when it comes out of the dryer and cleaning their rooms.

So far it has worked well! They know they don’t get to do certain things until the chores are done. It is hard for me to let the dishes sit sometimes longer than I would like, but I think it is important to teach them not only to do the chores, but to be responsible to take the initiative to do them without being nagged.  I do remind them a few times, but beyond that they just don’t get video games, devices, etc until it is done. So if they want to waste time, that is up to them. The whole agency thing is a hard lesson to learn and to teach some days!

So, tell me, do you use a chore chart? Does it work in your house? How do you add responsibility when the kids are home for the summer? Does anything change, or are they pretty much the same all year round? Let us know in the comments! I love hearing how other families do things and implementing them in my life as well.

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