Thursday, May 15, 2008

A different kind of day

Today was a different kind of day for us...a home day. As homeschoolers we are home more than a lot of people, but frequently our "home" looks a lot like yesterday did with 9 kids running around in the backyard under the sprinklers eating popsicles. Then frantically herding everyone into the car so we could drop off the kids at various places (dance camp etc). Today, we've been home and no one else is here. Jake went to preschool in the morning and Jonathan, Madi and I read about the state of Missouri, John Quincy Adams, and George Washington Carver. Madi did about 6 days worth of math, and Jonathan's been doing assorted odd jobs around the house so he can go to kids' college. Kids' college is a two week day camp at the local community college. Last year he did two weeks of half days taking a Harry Potter class and a Gameshow Trivia class. This year he wants to do full days (4 classes), and we need to sign up and pay early next week, so he is frantically trying to earn money. He has cleaned out some of the garage, vacuumed and cleaned the hot tub (we had mosquito larvae in there), and now he is slipping around my shower in his bathing suit with soft scrub and a magic eraser. In addition to these bigger jobs, he's been the only one to load and unload the dishwasher, hang the laundry, etc, for the last few days. We really want him to get to go to kids' college, this will be his last year since it only goes up to age 12, but we are not paying for it outright, he's got to earn it. It's a win-win situation! He's got all evening to do more jobs because we have nothing out of the house tonight either! We even have dinner cooking in the crock pot (we don't have to eat in the car tonight!).

5 comments:

Tiffany said...

Good for Jonathan! He will appreciate it more having had to work to get there. Does this mean he's not doing theatre?

bfarmmom said...

Good for you and good for Jonathon! I am so bad about follow through on making my kids WORK. How wonderful that he is sticking to it. I hope he has a blast!!

Emily said...

That is a sure sign that you are doing something right, if you son is working to earn money to go to school! I wish we had something like that around here. I think Junebug would really like it.

DebiH. said...

Sounds like good day! It also sounds like Hannah should be doing a little more!

Julie said...

I never want my posts to cause others to feel bad...remember we keep it real around here! Madi did all that math because she is nearing the end of her book and is motivated to finish. She also stayed in her PJs all day, and I neglected to write about all of the days that we never did math!! Jonathan is working hard to earn kids college because he really wants to go (and he is motivated by money).