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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Magnetic or Write On/Wipe Off Behavior Chart

When my youngest son was born, I put together this behavior chart to tackle some of the challenging behaviors my oldest (then 4) was exhibiting. It started as a write on chart that I'd print every day and then eventually was up-graded to magnetic form. Today, it's one of my most clicked on posts.

Behavior Chart

Why, might you ask, am I bringing this up.  Well, besides the fact that my youngest two are out of control, I've had several e-mails in the last few months asking for the write-on version or asking if I'd send the magnetic version because of some changes Scribd has made on what can be downloaded for free and what requires a subscription.  I'm not down with that so I've moved the files to Google docs.

The photo above is the write-on version.  You can print it as is, slide it into a plastic sheet cover and use a white board marker and eraser to use it over and over again without re-printing.  We had a hard drive crash last summer so the new version is slightly different (if not better).

Magnetic Behavior Chart

The magnetic form can be printed onto a printable magnet sheet, cut apart and then displayed on your fridge or a hanging cookie sheet.

Here's the run down on how I used the program with my oldest:

At the end of each day, C and I assess how the day went.  Which face does each goal deserve?  Smiley = great, Line Face = okay, Frown Face = not so great.  For our 4 year old, the basic "three strikes and your out" rule applies.  We count up the smiley faces and then assign  a number to that day's "bank".  At the end of the week, we total up each "bank" to find the weekly score.  25-35 Smiles a week earn C, 1 to 2 dollars in his reward jar.  When were out and about he's allowed to use his money to pay for a toy or treat.

And come to think of it, I've got two more that could use some support in kicking a few bad behavior habits.  Since they are a bit younger, we'll stick to just one or two behaviors to work on for the next few weeks.  Here's hoping it works as well as the last time.

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  1. I love this!! and oh boy do i need to do this right now. i am fighting with my 3.5 year old as i type this!! LOL!!

  2. Love this! I've been trying to get a 3 year old to lose some attitude for quite some time!!


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