Joshua started a new paid job this week with a local farm machinery shop.  The initial idea was that he would be able to unpack and record new stock arriving but his duties are going to be far wider than this.  This week he learnt to drive a forklift and the next day he swept the shed – quite an expanse!  He will be mowing lawns, moving equipment and basically anything that needs doing that he can do.  We are very excited about this opportunity for Josh.  The man he is working for is very thorough and will train Josh rather than just expect the job to be done – and yet he will expect the job to be done.  Josh is riding his bike to and from which is giving him some extra exercise.  We haven’t reduced Joshua’s study load even though the job does cut into some of his regular study time.  We felt it was a good opportunity to teach Josh that when you take something on, something has to give and you have to prioiritise what goes – study is of top priority in his life at the moment so that can’t go!  We have worked out, together, that since he is riding his bike, he doesn’t need to exercise in the morning, there is 20-30 minutes saved already where he can do his studies.    This opportunity will bring lots of learning into Joshua’s life!

 

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