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.
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).
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.