We have had some rough times, but even on those days we are done with school by 11:45! It really is amazing. I am enjoying being a part of my kids education. (words I never thought I would say)
When we first started talking about doing school at home, both boys asked if we would have a reward system like they had at public school. After thinking on it I decided it would be beneficial to have a reward system.
We call them care bucks (this is what they called them at public school). They can earn them in many different ways and not just during school hours. They have earned them for things like doing school with out complaining, doing chores, being respectful to mom and dad. They pretty much can earn them for whatever my husband and I choose they can earn them for. Ever two weeks we have a store that they can "spend" their care bucks on. We have toys and candy (most of which were on clearance, I don't spend much on these things), as well as things like extra video game time or an extra show to watch on netflix.
The kids can also lose care bucks. Misbehaving or complaining about school are a couple of ways they can lose their care bucks.
At first I was going to print off some cute little emoji bucks (the boys are obsessed with all things emoji). Then I had a light bulb moment! Someone told me you can get raffle tickets for cheap at Dollar General. They even have multiple colors! I figured this would be a good idea, because I could re-use them once they turn them in.
Here are the other things we had that were non toy items:
Extra Netflix Show 5
5 minutes video game time 10
15 minutes video game time 20
Redbox movie night 30
Game night (your choice of game) 10
Stay up 10 minutes past bedtime* 15
Do school outside 5
Mom’s drawings 3
Toys and other items in store ask mom
*Can only be used on nights that we are home for 7:30 bedtime.