ChorePicker is an easy to use app that helps kids keep up with a regimen of chores. Upon choosing their age, users are brought to a list of age-appropriate chores. The ages range from three to 15, and offer a robust list of commonplace household duties. From making the bed to putting away the groceries, ChorePicker offers a step-by-step list of instructions — usually one sentence long — that are straightforward and to the point. For younger children, the app provides good reading practice as well, helping them become more familiar with items that they will deal with frequently in everyday life. There’s no checklist or reminders; ChorePicker simply offer a set of instruction and guidelines to follow in order to complete a chore. There’s no inappropriate content, though reading assistance may be required for younger children. The app is recommended for use with children ages three through 15.
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
Because ChorePicker comes with a dedicated and consolidated set of steps, users know exactly what it is they have to do in to finish each chore. The descriptions are fairly broad and are not accompanied by any diagram, so the exact results may vary based on the nature of the household. Users have to adhere to each step, carefully following directions, and see the task through to completion. Part of developing good focus skills is practicing strong goal-directed persistence. For children who have trouble finishing chores and following steps, ChorePicker helps them learn the specifics of each instruction, and concentrate on finishing the chore they set out to complete.
Recalling and retaining information in our mind while working.
Ideally, users who continue to do the same chores over and over as part of their daily or weekly schedule will commit the steps to memory. Eventually, the goal should be for users to no longer have to check ChorePicker once they become accustomed to doing each chore. Washing the dishes or making the bed will essentially become routine. Once users learn through continuous practice and a dedicated routine, the individual steps will hopefully start to come naturally. Of course, it's always a good idea to check the app every so often to refresh their memories.
Even though ChorePicker is a fairly limited app in terms of its one-dimensional functionality, users might find it as a good way to get some extra reading practice. Sentences are simple: direct and to the point. Younger users will learn about household items, helping them incorporate the words into their vernacular and everyday speech. Younger users should be motivated to read each step aloud. With parental help, kids can practice their sight recognition, while associating words with their corresponding objects tasks.
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