Wednesday, April 3, 2013

On their own

       I had planned activities to do today; actually I had planned a field trip today.  I really wanted to get to the  children's museum but the boys didn't want to.  They really wanted to go visit their great grandmother and how could I possibly argue with that?  I was trying to sort through and organize photos from the year when I was starting to feel guilty that the boys had been up for a bit and I hadn't done anything with them yet.  I wandered into the living room and found them at the table playing Memory together while watching Wild Kratts all about the three toed sloth.  From there, Ian went on to make a saw mill out of Lincoln logs, and Alec tried out his Spiral Art kit he had gotten from Easter.  The boys then asked me to come and play Sorry with them so I took a small break and played a game. 

        At that point I told them that if we were going to head to their great grandmother's house that we needed to get ready.  Since Ian was already dressed he took out his extreme dot- to- dot book and worked on that while Alec got dressed and brushed his teeth.  Alec then took out his color by number book and markers to bring in the car with him.  He colored the whole way to my grandmother's while we finished up the Magic Treehouse Book Revolutionary War on Wednesday. 

      My grandmother had Easter treats for the boys so they ate a quick snack and we headed out to go toy shopping with my grandmother.  The boys did all sorts of math through the store.  Ian and Alec tried to keep a running tab of money spent in their heads.  Ian even remembered to allow for tax, though he does not yet know how to figure it out yet so we worked together on that.
        We started (and finished) another Magic Treehouse Book called Earthquake in the Early Morning and the boys learned about the San Fransisco quake and fires of the 1900"s.  I reminded Ian of the I Survived book about the San Fransisco fires that we have and told him I'd read it with him if he's interested.  We headed to lunch and the boys were so well behaved.  I love watching them interact with my grandmother and other adults.  We had a lively discussion about dining out and the importance of tipping your waitress/waiter for good service.  Alec told me it might not always be possible if you don't have enough money and I told him you have to make sure you have enough money before you even order; if you have enough money to eat out then you have to have enough money to tip.  My grandmother and I then went on to explain that the wait staff doesn't make much money and so they rely on tips. 
      After lunch we headed back to my grandmothers and we visited with her for the whole afternoon.  Ian was dying to get back home and play outside, even though it was quite cold and windy so we headed home to start supper.   On the way Ian tried to add up all the money he had received throughout the past week for work, Easter, his birthday etc.  and was amazed to realize he already managed to save over $120!  We'll take a trip to the bank and deposit that before he forgets what he's saving for and spends it.  I also reminded him the bank will pay him interest that might help him reach his goal that much faster.  He's all excited about the thought of interest. 

1 comment :

  1. Good for you for teaching the importance of tipping! As someone who has waited tables for years that $2.38/hour doesn't pay the bills.