Reward Friday – Getting Organized

Getting Organized
in Your Home and Homeschool  


Yesterday I talked about attitudes and using rewards to inspire good attitudes. I was asked for some ideas for ways that I have rewarded my children. I thought there might be several of you who would like some ideas. One thing I look at is finding something that the child really does. It does not always have to be something that I buy for them. It is rare that I reward them with an item. I don’t want to add more clutter to my house, and I like to reward them weekly. So with a budget-conscious thought process, I have a list of things that my children enjoy for rewards. I have all boys at home now, but I will also list rewards for girls since I do have an adult daughter that also received rewards growing up. The biggest reward for them is that I am playing with them and spending time with them without an agenda.

Outdoor activities
Park Time
Games in the Yard
Field Trips
Science Center
Board Games
Homemade Pizza and Movie Night

I like to pick rewards that have some level of activity in them, since that is something we all enjoy.

My daughter enjoyed rewards such as horseback riding, art lessons, anything glittery and artsy, and the list can go on from there.

The main thing is that I pick things that they really enjoy because that gives them incentive to do their school work and tasks around the house with a good attitude. Most of our rewards happen toward the end of the week on Thursday or Friday. Sometimes, we pick activities for Saturday, so my husband can participate. It’s a family reward in many ways. Children will remember these family moments. They are the times that you are tying heart-strings. They are the memories they will carry with them.

Holiday Mission: Add food items to your grocery list. Decorate any areas that you have missed so far. Watch a family Christmas movie. Don’t forget to have a date night this weekend!

Zone Mission: Clean your microwave (or other kitchen appliance)


  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.


  • Time for FUN FRIDAY!
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
Family Fun:

Play a game with your children today.
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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