With winter cabin fever set in a few weeks ago, I purposed to try something new that would give my kids and I something constructive to focus on. This experiment was fairly affordable and because it is giving my husband and I a chance to teach life long values, especially financially, I think it was worth it.
The chalkboard cost $14 at Hobby Lobby which was a great deal. It was the bistro markers that hurt. They cost $12 per package. My husband wanted a variety of colors, okay I wanted them too, so it kind of makes my stomach cringe to think we paid $24 for those. It is over though now, no going back. I can honestly say though, I am glad we decided to go this route rather than a typical marker board. They had white or black but I really wanted the good ol’ chalkboard menu style.
I started out just making a “to-do list” for the kids. We are all pretty visual and find a sense of accomplishment when we get something checked off. Besides, it means it’s that much closer to playtime, eh? Right about the time I got my board all doodled-up, which might I add is like a form of therapy for the artist inside, I ran across a used set of children’s books by Dave Ramsey. Perfect timing. God’s timing. I snagged these for only $3!!!
We read one of these each day that week and the kids loved them. I decided this was a great opportunity to take Dave Ramsey’s “envelope method” and combine it with my chalkboard bit. Today will be the first official day we actually take the kid’s earnings and put them in their envelopes, one for saving, one for giving and one for spending. I will document how that goes too.
If you yourself have any creative ideas on how to teach kid’s useful tools, please feel free to share. I count myself a student forever. Always willing to learn and grow! Thank you for reading : )