This afternoon I decided to sit down with Chester (and Millie) and make a copy of the reward chart used at Nursery.......
Chester was really happy to get involved with the reward chart, I found a stencil online and printed off three copies. The idea is that you have 3 butterflies. A happy one, a sad one and a shocked one. I drew happy, sad and shocked faces on them and we used Millie's finger paints and stampers to create colourful patterns on the butterflies. I also printed off pictures of the children and stuck them to paper which we also decorated and stuck blu tack to the back of them.
Once dried we stuck the butterflies on the wall, they will be moved to the door but we are currently decorating so I am happy to have them on the wall temporarily. I stuck them so that the happy butterfly was at the top, then the sad and then the shocked.
The children will always start a new day on the happy butterfly, then if they are good for the rest of the day they remain on the happy butterfly. However, if they do something you have told them not to then they move down to the sad butterfly. Or if they do something which is really wrong, for instance pushing someone over deliberately then they move onto the shocked butterfly.
You can choose any kind of reward type you like but this is what we have decided to do. If they stay on the happy butterfly all day then they can stay up 10 minutes later than usual, if they end the day on the sad butterfly then they have to go to bed on time, and if they end the day on the shocked butterfly then they have to go to bed 10 minutes early. This might sound like something small but to Chester bed times are very important, he likes to feel grown up and always asks to go to bed a little later! Then if they stay on the happy butterfly all week they will get a bigger reward at the weekend. The reward for this part will change weekly and will range from a treasure trail at the park or some sweets to swimming or £1 movies at the cinema.
We have tried other types of reward charts which have not really worked with Chester, as Nursery School were so positive about this one I thought we would give it a go too. Chester has so far responded to it well and is very excited about the prospect of staying up late this evening!
So hopefully this 3 tiered system will work well for us. If you like the idea then I would love for you to put it into practice and let me know how you get on!