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Reading About Jobs People DoToday I want to share two books that describe “the adult world of jobs". Both of them were favorites in our house since daughter was about 3 until she was 7.
My daughter spent untold hours pouring over pages of What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry both before and after she learned to read. Even though the book was written many years ago, it offers an entertaining glimpse into how everyday objects are created and how they travel to our homes. I read on Amazon that the version that we have is abridged, but, as the other reviewer said, you won’t notice it unless you knew the original – the book still has a wealth of information in an accessible form for very young children.
Smarty’s other favorite book was Things People Do by Anne Civardi. This book introduces an imaginary island of Banilla and its inhabitants explaining the role they play in the smooth functioning of their community. This book is wonderful for any community helper or jobs unit, since it continues to link characters together and shows how they all contribute to each other lives.
Supporting Your Children Interests
My only discontent with these two books that they did not introduce two occupations that interest my daughter intensely – an inventor and a scientist. We joke sometimes that she is about a century late, because her dream job is to have her own factory that will produce the things that she invents. Sometimes we have very interesting discussions about how she would run her factory, what divisions she would need to have and how she would reward her workers. It’s fascinating to see that she already understands the value of market research (some adults still believe in “build it and they’ll come” approach) and of testing her products before they come to the stores. What exactly her factory will produce remains to be a mystery. Recently Smarty sort of switched in her interests from her factory producing “mechanical gadgets” to becoming a neuroscientists and inventing something related to our senses of taste and smell. This is certainly an interesting (and dangerous!) area of research and we keep reiterating safety precautions (real scientists don’t taste their experiments) even though we didn’t have any incidents with that lately (well, she asked when she wanted to taste something that she was mixing up).
We support Smarty’s interest in science and engineering in many ways:
- Making time for science experiments at home
- Selecting after school programs and camps that nurture future scientists, such as Camp Galileo
- Watching science videos
- Reading science books
- Going to Science museums and science programs in the library
- Talking about how science and technology changed our lives and how it might change them in the future.
Your TurnWho do your children want to be and how do you support their interest in this career path?
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