KC Kids Take on a Summer Job
By Lisa S., Stephanie S., and Kyle O.
schools are on vacation for three whole months! No math assignments. No
papers to write. No spelling tests. No homework for 12 weeks. What would
you do with 12 weeks off of school? Sleep in? Watch movies? Hang out with
friends? Well, for two Kids Corner kids, 12 weeks off of school means
taking on a summer job. Sure, they'll get to sleep in a little, watch
a few movies and spend time with their friends. But they will also be
very busy working.
Stephanie, 14 years old, and Kyle, 12 years old, are working for The Peanut
Gallery Family Daycare this summer. Stephanie has worked for the daycare
after school and in the summer for many years now since she is the daughter
of the owner. Kyle was the first official child to come to the daycare
when he was six weeks old, and this year will be his first year working
at the daycare.
with Natalie and Anna
For several years now, Stephanie's main job has been to help with the
small babies in the daycare. She gets them up from nap and helps feed
them. Steph is also the main summer time art project leader and a big
help with getting the kids into strollers so we can go to the park. This
year she will have a couple new jobs. She will help make meals and clean
up afterwards. This can be a pretty big job when you are feeding up to
eight kids. She will also be helping with one of the special needs kids
this year. She'll help her with learning how to eat and move around and
learn some sign language.
Steph says, "I like working for the daycare. I can sleep in a little
bit in the morning before I help with the morning chores, and my friends
can come over and play with the kids with me. My favorite part of the
job is holding the little kids hands when we walk to the park." When
asked if she would like to work with kids for a job when she is older,
she said, "I want to go to college and take dance classes. Then I
would like to be a dance teacher and teach little kids how to dance."
Along with Steph, Kyle helps the daycare by getting meals ready, serving
the meals and cleaning up afterwards. Some of his other jobs are helping
the kids wash their hands before meals, putting on their sunscreen before
we go outside, playing with the kids at the park and reading books before
rest time. Kyle says, "I like reading books to the kids because it's
fun and I get to read books I haven't heard before." He also likes
playing ball with the kids.
(right front) helps with the kids.
Although Kyle helps with all the kids, he says, "I really like the
kids that are 1 ½ to 2 years old. I like to try and teach them
stuff and I like to make them laugh." Like Stephanie, Kyle is a dancer.
So, he brings music to the daycare, helps the kids get dressed up in costumes
and gets them all dancing. Kyle says, "I like the daycare job because
I really don't sleep in in the morning and my friends come over to my
house every Friday and on the weekends." When asked if he would like
to work with kids in a future job, Kyle says, "I'm not sure if I
will work with kids when I'm older. I would like to be a professional
Kyle and Steph will be two busy KC kids this summer with organizing art
projects, making meals, reading books and teaching kids. But there will
be time for friends and maybe a movie or two. Maybe
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in 80 Days?
Kids Corner kids have all sorts of talents. What will you be doing for
the next 12 weeks?