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The Huge Benefits Of Using Reward Charts

Updated on November 21, 2019
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Christine, wife, mother, homemaker for over 40 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education, a diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition and TEFL.

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Invaluable Parenting Tools For Raising Happy, Responsible Children

Why use a star chart?

A star chart is one of the best teaching and parenting tools for raising children who will grow into responsible adults. After all, children have so much to learn and achieve in life, that it seems like an endless journey that can be easy to lose focus on. Life can sometimes become so busy and complicated that we forget the small everyday tasks that our children are grappling with and end up leaving them to get on with it themselves. Of course there is much that they can achieve one way or another without much help from us, but at the end of the day they could achieve so much more if we were actively able to work with them. Every child needs to know the satisfaction of a job well done. The ensuing praise and encouragement will be food for their spirits and reward for you, in producing delightful adults who are self-assured and able to take responsibility.

A star chart does just that. It prevents us from forgetting or ignoring the hurdles that they manage to get over. And there are certainly plenty of them! Let's provide a safe environment in which they can grow, before they venture into a world that is less forgiving. The huge benefits of star charts helps us find ways to keep our children on task and reward them, when so many are ignored and even neglected. They are not only excellent parenting tools for the home, but invaluable teaching resources for the classroom too.

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We all need praise and encouragement in order to grow

A reward chart is like the water that the child themself can give to the flower and you can watch it grow and blossom into something strong and beautiful.
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Make Your Own Reward Charts

Here are some ideas that will ignite your child's enthusiasm!

Make your own with your child, incorporating the things they love. Decide together on the rewards and remember to cover it with sticky back plastic, or laminate it so that stickers can be peeled on and off.

Ideas for Reward Charts:

  • Dot to Tot Method where the child draws a line between two dots for good behaviour and a line is erased for bad behaviour. When completed, a picture will appear. Similarly, a colour by numbers chart works well for siblings who need to learn to get on together. Each has a colour, which is coloured in each time they display good behaviour. Again, a picture emerges once the chart has been coloured in.
  • A reward box which contains anything such as rubber animals or small balls, which the child fishes out with a net for good behaviour. After four items, they receive a reward.
  • Use categories such as "getting ready for school", so that they receive a sticker for each task completed on time.

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Rewards For Older Children For Taking Responsibility

A simpler form of reward charts can be giving a child a voucher each time they do something constructive, such as clean their room, do their homework, practice their instrument or clean out their pets cage. These can then be exchanged for time (to be decided) on the computer or TV or favours such as getting a lift.

Train [teach] a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

— Proverbs 22:6 - (NIV Bible)

© 2010 Christine Hulme

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      5 years ago

      I used reward charts and stickers when my daughter was little. She really enjoyed getting the stickers and it was very helpful as well.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 

      9 years ago

      Yep, we make big use of reward charts in our house - they really do work. Well written article on them :)

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      10 years ago

      Wish I knew of this lens when my girls were young - would've saved some big battles in our house! Can one use this on 30-year-olds?? :-)

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      10 years ago

      Great lens!

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      10 years ago

      We all need validation, and it's nice to see it. Nicely done.

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      10 years ago

      I still remember the award charts I had growing up. It was star stickers on a regular calendar. Each of us had our own calendar. Sometimes I would have more than one star in the same day. Great lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nicely done!

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I really liked reward charts and other visual aids when my boys were young. It helped them understand what was expected of them as well as helped me keep track.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      A little encouragement goes a long way! I may not have a chart displayed, my children are grown, but I still encourage and praise them. We all need our work validated with praise. Excellent suggestions!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; my children are grown but we did use rewards selectively when we were raising them.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      Children need lots of praise and encouragement. I would encourage offering rewards that are related to the task that your children are performing. The reward for playing a musical instrument might be a night out at a concert. For learning all 50 states and their capitals, a trip to your own state capital.

      Lensrolled to Rewards and Cheers!


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