Accountability and Incentive System
Does your child need some extra accountability and/or incentives for completing his or her homeschooling assignments? If so, this system may be for you.
This system is simple and does not take much time to complete each day, but it does require consistency on your part as the homeschool parent. Just follow these steps:
1. Have your child decorate his/her own unique ticket container using any type of recycled material (an empty shoe or tissue box, a clean mayo jar, etc.).
2. Set up a chart showing what the child can earn for "X" number of tickets. Work out this chart with your child so the "prizes" are something your child will be motivated to work toward. Post the chart in a visible place so the child can see it everyday. Be creative with your prizes. They don't necessarily have to cost you (the parent) any money. The child could earn coupons instead of "things." An example of a coupon is "5 tickets earns staying up one hour past bedtime" (on a night of the child's choosing). Click here for more incentive ideas. 3. At the beginning of the school day, hand to your child a filled in homeschool assignment checklist. Leave the small check-off lines blank for the child to check when he/she has completed the work. At the end of each homeschool day, return to the checklist page and sit down with your child for a few minutes going over the work he/she completed that day. If the child has completed everything assigned on the checklist to your satisfaction, click the "Submit to earn one ticket" button. This will automatically generate a ticket which is accessible on a password protected page. (The password is required to help prevent the temptation of any child printing out unearned tickets.) Enter the password, print out the ticket, then give it to your child to cut out and place in his/her ticket container. To receive the password, just send me an email requesting it. (Don't worry ... I don't sell, trade, or give away email addresses or names.) If after going through the checklist with your child, you learn there are one or more incomplete assignments, give your child an extended deadline to return the completed work. If the child returns the completed work by the new deadline, then return to the checklist page, click the "Submit to earn one ticket" button, and enter the password.
4. When your child has earned enough tickets to cash them in for a prize, he/she trades the tickets for the prize.
1. Your child could earn tickets toward coupons:
2. If your budget allows, your child could earn tickets toward parts of a kit. For example, if your child is an aspiring artist, your child could earn tickets toward parts of an art kit. If your child enjoys carpentry, he/she could earn tickets toward parts of a tool box.
3. Another idea is to reward your child with tickets toward book purchases.
(Use the same basic system described to the right, except for chores.)
(See #3 to the right to get the password.)
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I realize some parents are opposed to rewarding a child for what the child is expected to do (e.g., school work). For parents in this camp, the above incentive idea is likely to be unappealing. However, those same parents may still find themselves having to deal with children who need an extra push to do their school work. In that case, the above accountability system can still be used, but with consequences instead of incentives.
At the end of each school day, the child and parent sit down together and refer to the checklist page to go over the assigned work completed by the child. If all assigned work has been done to the parent's satisfaction, the checkout session is complete and no ticket is issued. If after going through the checklist with your child, you learn there are one or more incomplete assignments, give your child an extended deadline to return the completed work. If the child brings back the completed work by the new deadline, then no ticket is issued. If the child's work remains undone or unsatisfactory, then the parent returns to the checklist page and clicks on the "Submit to issue a ticket" button. The parent prints out the consequence ticket, fills in the blank with the consequence being issued, and gives the ticket to the child. A few examples of consequences are no electronic time (TV, DVD, computers, gaming, etc.), extra chores, early bedtime, etc.