Emma loves it when I make her charts to help her track goals and the passage of time. I originally made printable charts, but for some reason she prefers to have her charts drawn on the whiteboard I use to make shopping lists and other notes in the kitchen. She especially loves it when her charts are drawn in shapes. My artistically-challenged glass slippers on the top row represent the number of nights she had to sleep by herself through the night without fussing in order to get a small prize of her choosing. The bottom row of houses was a “Daddy coming home” chart to track the days until Mike got home from a business trip. Besides helping to motivate Emma to reach her goals, these charts help her practice simple addition and subtraction as well as helping her understand the passage of time. I talk with Emma about which goals she wants charts for, and I help her work out what types of prizes we can provide.
Since I am not artistically gifted, my efforts to draw the requested shapes sometimes fall short. The current “sleeping through the night” chart is four snowballs – Emma’s solution after my attempts at drawing her previously requested fairies and wicked witches failed to measure up. She said, “Mama, just draw circles.” And then, once I drew them, “Look, it’s snowballs!”
Emma has already informed me that she wants dinosaurs for her next chart, adding: “Can you draw dinosaurs? Them have big teeth!”