Homeschool Happenings: Weekly Review #1

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Frequently, my oldest son visits my grandparents,his great-grandparents. They have him out usually every other week to visit.Often times he helps in the backyard by driving “Little John” (a kid-size JohnDeere tractor) around and collecting sticks in the back and moving them to thefront trash bins. He finds this “job” great fun and it keeps him busy too!
But, this week, his great-grandpa “hired” him tohelp with a job. You see, my grandpa had his second hip-replacement surgery afew weeks back and he can’t bend past a 90 degree angle. That makes picking upsticks, rocks and such out of the question. So, he “hired” my oldest son tohelp him this week.
My son was able to go out on Tuesday and help andthen again today (Friday). He is removing some boards my grandpa had placednext to their driveway for more parking spaces. They are having a new drivewaypoured next week and it needed to be done. So, my son has learned theinvaluable lesson of hard work this week.
And the best partmy grandpa taught him a few lessons along the way!! He told my son hewanted to “hire” him for a job and asked if he was interested. Of course my sonjumped at the chance. So, he explained to him that he would pay him TWO golddollars for each day he worked until it was completed. Then, he went on toexplain that when people are hired for a job they are expected to work hard anddo their best. And, sometimes when the job is complete and they’ve done a greatjob, they could earn a bonus.
Everyday my son has asked to go out and work. Infact, he’s begged on occasion. With some rain that moved through a fewscheduling conflicts, it’s been a looooong week for him. Maybe the motivationis money right now, but he is learning how to work hard, follow instructions,take direction and always do his best. Plus, he’s learning under the watchfuleye of his loving great-grandpa! Doesn’t get much better than that!!
This is him mowing last year, under the watchful eye of his Daddy.
I didn’t know he was mowing this week or I would have grabbed my camera to snap a new picture.

And since he’s been “hired” for this job, he’salso asked to help with things around the housefor pay! HA! Sadly, we had to inform him that helping with choresaround the house is just part of being a family. Everyone pitches in and helpstake care of things. (We don’t do an allowance for him at this time, but moreon that in another post.) And what’s his favorite job to do around the house you ask? MOW! He practically begs to doit! In fact, he completely cleaned the backyard on Wednesday so he could mow.Unfortunately, it was already too late in the day to mow, shower and eat beforechurch. Now if we could just figure out a way to keep up this motivation andtransfer it to his actual school work?!
How was your homeschooling week?
Blessings,
Annette

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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