Despite the fact that I’m 35 weeks pregnant (everything is going fine – I’m just HUGE!), I took on a new job recently. It’s not really a JOB job, but I’m being paid, so it’s essentially a job.
Our church’s school runs a daycare all year long, including the summer, for children enrolled in the school. That means there are no babies or toddlers, but only school-age children. There were two sisters who shared daycare responsibility, but one of them got, well, fired at the end of the school year. It’s a long story, and I don’t know details. However, she’s no longer here. The other sister agreed to stay on and bump her hours up to full-time. (Since the daycare runs 7am to 6pm, there were not enough hours for either of the sisters to get full time.)
The non-fired sister now works 10am to 6pm, which meant that there was an open time slot between 7am and 10am. The principal and other teachers were taking turns sharing the responsibility for that time slot, but when I mentioned to the principal that I would be possibly interested in helping out, he offered me the morning position for the rest of the summer. JJ and I talked about it, and we decided that I would do it.
The girls don’t come with me, but if JJ needed to be somewhere in the morning, he could bring them down to the daycare room and they could hang out with me and the other daycare kids. So, that’s good. Since the girls tend to sleep in later during the summer anyway, it’s not a huge deal for them that I’m not there when they wake up.
So far, it’s working out well. I just have to make sure that *I* don’t stay up too late at night, because I need to be to work by 7am. There is one little boy (who I can’t help feeling kinda sorry for) who always gets dropped off at 7am sharp, so I need to be there. There’s never been more than six kids at one time, and usually there’s just four or five, so it’s not difficult.
I’ve been teaching the kids lots of games to pass the time. The little 7am boy and I are playing Uno; he’s not great with his numbers (or with losing!), so it’s a good game for us to play. I taught the older kids some simple card games, and we’ve also been playing board games, like Monopoly Junior and Hi-Ho Cherry-O and Candyland and Connect Four – stuff like that. This week I brought the card game Pit from home, and the older kids LOVED that one. It’s an excuse to be noisy and yell! Awesome! They can’t wait until enough kids get here each day to be able to play that game again. And yesterday I taught some of the older ones the card game King’s Corners, and that went over pretty well, too.
I’m not making a ton of extra money doing this, but it’s something, and right now, we need all the extra somethings we can get. I’m not teaching my music classes over the summer, and even though I wasn’t teaching much before that, JJ and I do miss the bit of extra money my teaching brought in. So, having some extra money is helpful, and furthermore, this isn’t difficult work. There are no diapers to change or toddlers to chase; it’s just a matter of keeping them happy and occupied, playing games, feeding them a snack, and then taking them outside for a while. It’s not difficult, even for a 35-week pregnant woman. It’s working out well (except for the occasional tantrum from the 7am boy, but considering he’s here ten hours a day every day, that’s no surprise. Sigh. Poor kid.), and the kids are all pretty nice.
And, there’s a computer in the room here, so it gives me a little time for blogging in the morning, too, when the kids are busy with their own games. 😉