Completed Reward Chart
To encourage and sustain positive behaviour, our family has started using a reward chart. I made it from powerpoint (see bottom to download) and printed off a few copies on A4 sized-paper and stuck them in a visible and height-appropriate location so that the children are encouraged to discuss their goals and then stick reward stickers themselves – following an honour system.
The features of this reward system:
- We discuss the goals for reward together (my intention is to turn these goals into habits and then move on) – remember to use the SMART method! (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Oriented, Time Bound)
- We also agree on the reward – this can range from books, gifts, cash or something of reasonable value (see below for some suggestions)
- There is room for 3 goals at a time (but sometimes we sneak in one or two more depending on our discussion)
- They can write the goal themselves
- At the end of the day, we discuss their achievement(s) and they will stick on the reward sticker themselves
- It becomes an almost self-tracking, self-motivated, self-running system!
- This reward chart counts up to 100 stickers, but it’s customizable to something you think they can achieve without giving up hope
Depending on the goals, it averages about 3 months for my 6 and 8 year old to complete 1 page.
Some of the rewards they have gotten:
- $200 HKD cash (to be put into savings)
- 2 books of their choice
- Some stationary (paper, pens, sparkles, arts and crafts materials)
- Toys (valued no more than $150 HKD)
I have a pretty strict rule about no presents unless it’s a birthday or Christmas – so these valuable milestones are really worth something to them. It almost becomes competitive between the two girls (in a good way) and they encourage each other on to remember to reach their goals daily – or remind each other to follow up on the stickers.
Sticker are also cheap in Hong Kong. I can get a whole pack of 100 little tiny stickers for $10 HKD!
You can download the reward chart here in powerpoint.