I rented the Toro Dingo yesterday to make post holes with the auger and to widen the little road going into our backyard with a little front loader. As I was working I realized, “Hey, this would be a fun thing for Ryan to learn how to do.” So I called him out.
While on the dingo, Ryan took out an old stump for me and consolidated the manure pile. Who said work can’t be fun? I love tools!
These kids really impressed me. The 3 older boys practically fought over who was going to shovel the bedding mix out of the truck! We had to set a timer so they could switch out every 5 minutes so they could each get a turn. Of course, getting a tiny little tootsie roll when they switched out of the truck each time didn’t hurt either.
The younger two, who weren’t old enough to be shoveling from the truck were nonetheless fully immersed in the project. From digging with a trowel to dodging the flying dirt, they had a ball.
I am really seeing a positive turn in the kids as we adhere to the work ethic for the younger kids in this Thomas Jefferson Education program. We read together every day, and we work every day, and they have plenty of free time to play outside, interact with each other, and work out issues with our guidance. Video games are allowed a small fraction of the play time in the evening after the house is clean and chores are done.
My older daughter is studying most of her day, as she is in the “scholar” stage. They study the theories and philosophies of the great thinkers in history.