Elementary school career-related learningIn grade school, career-related learning expands awareness of oneself and the world of work. It helps connect school to real life. You might remember a visit to the neighborhood fire station from your own elementary years. Most elementary teachers imbed career awareness into their curriculum on a regular basis. Their academic goals often include learning about the community and roles in society. Real life examples, through classroom trips, presentations, or projects, are stimulating learning experiences for young children.
You can support career-related learning at your children's elementary school by:
- Finding out about the career-related learning goals and program at the school.
- Talking about the career events and activities with your children.
- Helping your children reflect on what they learned from these events and activities - what interested or did not interest them, and how that relates to who they are.
- Participating in career events and activities as a volunteer.
- Talking to your employer and other acquaintances when the school needs the larger community to participate in an event.
Career-related learning in the early years is building the foundation for the upper grades. These activities are not meant in any way to track your children or predict their paths. They are important in setting the stage by stimulating curiosity, making connections, and building a sense of community.