.......................................................washing windows
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

It's not easy.


This is not a job for everyone. But if you like things neat and tidy and can stay with a job until it is finished, you might like to earn some money washing windows. As with all jobs, what grown-ups want is for you to do the job well and efficiently. Don't go too fast, but don't take forever on each window either. It's best to work with a partner. That way you can clean the spots on both sides at the same time. And it's more fun to work with a friend too.

How to wash windows? Some people use paper towels and Windex or some other window cleaner. Others swear by a little ammonia mixed in a pail of water wiped on windows and polished with newspaper. It would seem that newspaper would get newsprint ink on the window, but it doesn't. Ask the person who has the windows what method he or she would like you to use. If this person doesn't care, use the method you like best.

Young children shouldn't use ladders. Older children should be very careful on them. Learn to "set" a ladder so that it won't slip. Never use a shaky ladder. Reset it or replace it with a better ladder. A stepladder is probably safest. Don't take jobs that require you to wash second story windows. You are too young for that.

If you don't know how much to charge for window washing, look in the yellow pages for window-washing services. Call one of them and ask for their prices. A service will be expensive, so it should be easy for you to underbid them. When you call prospective customers, remind them of the difference between a service job and your price. Do a good job; that way you'll be asked back and recommended to other window owners. Clean up afterward.


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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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