This Thursday is national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. This opportunity allows school-aged children the opportunity to see what their parents do at work every day. Many companies are evening hosting events including informative sessions about the company, lunches, and hands -on -sessions with children. It is a great time to get your children involved in learning about career choices and experiencing the workplace.
Planning to build prior knowledge before they visit, planning for what your child will do at your workplace and following up with questions and activities at home makes for a more meaningful experience.
Building Prior Knowledge
It is always important when a child is learning about something new to try to make connections with ideas and concepts that they already know. Depending on your job and the age of the child, building background knowledge can vary. A great resource would be to review my previous post on career website resources for children.
Planning Your Child’s Visit
It is very important to plan the day for your child while they will be at your workplace. You should setup a schedule including a tour of the facility, meeting individuals you work closely with and explain their positions at the company, and plan a hands on activity to get them involved in what you do. The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation has great examples of sample days for various styles of workplaces and ideas to get the entire company involved.
Another website that is a good resource for ideas to help your plan their visit is Chiff.com – Take Your Child to Work Day Ideas. This site has ideas for ice breakers and ideas for individuals who work in the science, art, and finical fields. There are also additional resources and links to other websites to help you plan the day as well.
After your child has spent a day at work with you, it is important to follow-up with your child at home. You can ask questions over the dinner table such as what was their favorite and least favorite part of their experience or which of the careers that they learned about at your workplace was the most interesting to them and why. Asking these probing questions helps you to then provide opportunities, books, and learning experiences for them to learn even more.
This is a great learning opportunity for children and should be planned carefully to provide activities before, during, and after their experience.
Article By Laura Ketcham-VanHellemont
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