Career day opens a world of potential opportunities for students. Many children will discover new careers they didn't know existed. Hearing more details about common career choices allows the kids to decide if they are really interested in taking those paths after school. Enhance the career day with lots of career-related activities that are age-appropriate.
Set up guest speakers for the career day. Start with parents when looking for volunteers. Organise a wide range of careers with the guest speakers. Once you get the parent volunteers organised, decide if there are major careers missing from the line-up. Look to the community for volunteers in those fields who want to help out. You can either have each guest share with the whole class or set up booths like a career fair. The career fair option gives children the chance to focus on the careers they want to pursue. Set expectations for the kids, such as a minimum number of booths they must visit. Have them write a report on what they learnt about different careers to follow up on the experience.
For younger children, include dramatic play as part of career day. Set up different businesses in the classroom where the kids can pretend to have different careers. Ideas for different areas in the room include a doctor's office, a veterinarian's office, a restaurant, a business office, a grocery store, a post office, a police station, a fire station and a school. The kids can practice the careers by engaging in dramatic play in each of the centres. This activity works well as a follow-up to speakers in the classroom. The guest speakers help the kids figure out what they might do in each career, thereby helping to guide the dramatic play.
Invite the kids to dress up in costumes that represent the career they want to pursue. Many kids might have more than one potential career option. Let them know that it is normal to be conflicted. Instruct them to choose one of their favourite options for the costume. The kids can model their costumes to the class and explain why they selected that career.
Writing thank-you letters to the career day speakers is an important activity for the children. It teaches them about thanking people for their service. It also gives the kids a chance to improve their letter-writing skills. You can assign each child a different volunteer or write class thank-you letters to each guest speaker. Include a general thank-you as well as specifics from the kids on what they learnt from that speaker. This activity is also a good review of what the children learnt from the speakers.
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