1. Make a felt banner for each child. You will need a large piece of felt, a dowel, yarn, fabric glue, and fabric paint. Fold the top edge of the felt down far enough to make an opening for the dowel. Glue the folded flap down so the dowel can easily slide through. After the glue is dried, tie yarn to both ends of the dowel (for hanging). Have your child decorate the banner with fabric paint. When the paint is dried, hang the banner in your homeschool area.
3. Pre-determine the maximum number of pins a child can earn each day. Make the rules for pin-earning simple and few in number. Consider the following four rules:
Rule #1: Earn one pin if you complete ALL schoolwork neatly and thoroughly.
Rule #2: Earn one pin if you complete ALL schoolwork without ANY complaining.
Rule #3: Earn one pin if you complete ALL assigned chores neatly and thoroughly.
Rule #4: Earn one pin if you complete ALL assigned chores without ANY complaining.
4. When a pin has been earned, the child can design his/her own pin. If the child is old enough, he/she can assemble the pin, too.
5. Attach all earned pins to the child's banner.
6. At the end of the school year, the child can turn in his/her pins for summer reading books. (I suggest that you pre-determine at the beginning of the school year how many pins are needed to earn each book.) As far as what to do with the cashed in pins, you can have the child keep a pin jar for collecting all prior years' pins.