“Health Chores”

This is from 1919- the National Education Association adopted the Health Chore program and recommended its use in all elementary schools.  The children were given 11 chores and were supposed to check off how many times they did them each week.  There were rewards and levels based on medieval knight and squire terminology- basically a natal version of game-theory and leveling up, I guess.


Here are the chores:

Daily Chores

I washed my hands before each meal to day

I washed my face, ears, and neck, and I cleaned my finger nails.

I kept fingers, pencils, and everything likely to be unclean or injurious out of my mouth and nose.

I brushed my teeth thoroughly after breakfast and after the evening meal.

I took ten or more slow deep breaths of fresh air, and I protected others if I spat, coughed, or sneezed.

I played outdoors or with windows open more than thirty minutes.

I tried hard to sit and stand straight.

I was in bed ten hours or more last night and kept my windows open.

I drank four glasses of water, drinking some before each meal, and drank no tea coffee nor injurious drink.

I tried to eat slowly, and only wholesome food, including milk, vegetables, fruit.

I went to toilet at regular times.

I tried hard to keep neat, to be cheerful, straightforward, and clean minded, and to be helpful to others.

I took a full bath on each day of the week that is checked x

From Popular Educator, volume 30, 1922

The article reported that Many a family, through the Chores, has learned the luxury and necessity of a tooth-brush, and the soothing balm of at least one bath a week.”



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