Meanwhile, in the art room Ella is cleaning the easel. Again, because she paints almost every day, this job makes sense to her. We recently covered the easel with clear contact paper, and it's so much easier to wash clean now.
More helping hands jobs are not shown here - helping make snack, putting it out, and later, cleaning up snack before outside time, folding laundry, sweeping the front porch or back steps, straightening shelves, and so on. You get the idea.
My intent in writing this is not only to say, look at all these jobs these capable children do every day, but to offer gentle encouragement to bring a living culture of helping out into your lives at home. Do follow the link to the WSJ article; it offers some simple guidelines which I don't need to repeat here. An important part of building this shared experience at home is to remember to acknowledge your child by describing what he has done - "the table is clean again," "you matched up all the socks!" Tell him often that he is "becoming a helper" - not just "good job" or "what a big boy." Bring your children into the daily reality of caring and helping at home, and remind yourselves when it gets tricky (which it will, even every day) that over time your children will become more responsible, empathic, self-reliant, and capable people.