By Cameron Crane
Work ethic is when someone believes in the value of hard work. Do you think work is important? Why?
Alex (6 years old): Yes. Hard work makes you learn better. It teaches you what you are working on, so you can be better at it. You can learn more about it.
Ryan (8 years old): Yes. I think work is important. Because if none of any of us worked, we wouldn’t get anything done.
Mark (8 years old): I think work is important because it’s what you do when you’re older. Also, though, it teaches you about being careful with your allowance. Because sometimes I will want something and my dad will say ‘you can have it if you help in the garden’. And then I have to really want it. Or else, no way am I falling for that one.
What work do you do to help around the house?
Alex: I do chores. I make lunch, and read. We used to have a chore chart.
Ryan: I help to put away things from the dishwasher and stuff. Sometimes I sweep under the table. I like fun responsibility. I don’t like boring responsibility. I think a fun responsibility is when I help to carry boxes to the car, because I like the weight. Like, I carried 27 pounds!
Mark: I do things like make my bed and clean my room.
What about at school? Do you help out at school? Do you have homework?
Alex: Yes, but I didn’t get it now because its ski week. When I was in kindergarten, I only had to read for 5 minutes instead of 20 minutes.
Ryan: We don’t get grades at my school, but we get character cards. They have words like ‘respect’. If you get 20 character cards, you get a prize. I got one. The best part was that it was the morning that we were going to go to the symphony. It was just a special morning. It was a dark morning— a special morning. It was on a Friday.
Mark: Oh yeah, I have homework. It’s not always bad because some of the time we do fun things.
What is something that you do outside of school that you have had to practice at to become better?
Alex: I do painting, drawing. At school I take art classes. We mix colors and we make self-portraits of ourselves, and we make clay fish. When I was my brother’s age, I would draw squiggles, but now I am better. Practice makes perfect.
Ryan: I don’t play any instruments or sports, but I do swim. In swimming, I earned all my ribbons. And now I am on the swim team. I play one song on the piano. And I want to horseback ride. My mom said ‘maybe’ and my dad said he would be happy to pay for it, which is awesome.
What do you want to be when you are older?
Alex: An artist. When I grow up I want to be a pottery artist. I have the blood of an artist. My grandparents work at an art gallery.
Ryan: I want to work in a marine clearwater hospital, and I think I would do that for two reasons 1) because dolphins are clearwater animals, and 2) I want to help to save animals’ lives. My other thing is I want to be the first woman president. We have never had a first woman president. But the only thing is that I would have to wait until I was really old, like 28 or even 48! Ugh!
Mark: I think I want to be a doctor or an architect.
Who do you know in your life who has the most work ethic?
Ryan: I know about three people. But I think the first one is my mommy. And she just gave me a look like “I think I’m the best”.
Mark: I still don’t really know what that means, but I think my dad. He works really hard at his job. And he does things around the house. So, probably him.
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