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Take Your Child to Work Day teaches life lessons

Lily Weaver helps a student with reading.

Lily Weaver helps a student with reading.

Courtesy of Amy Weaver

Courtesy of Amy Weaver

Lily Weaver helps a student with reading.

by Lily Weaver, Editor

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April 28th was Take Your Child to Work Day. Ever since I was little I have always gone to work with my mom, while my brother goes with my dad. My mom is a third grade teacher in Montgomery County and my dad is a high school PE teacher in Montgomery County.

When I grow up I want to be an elementary school teacher, preferably kindergarten. Having Take Your Child to Work Day is very beneficial to me because I get to experience being like a second teacher for my mom’s class.

I put the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum, to the test and went to the kindergarten classrooms to see what they were learning.

Some of the lessons he lists are: learning how to share, say you’re sorry, play fair, and many more. All these lessons covered in the advice book, are what we should use in our everyday lives.

The author takes a humorous look on all the things we learn in kindergarten and how we are taught the most important lessons while we are still little.

While I was there, I saw that they were very excited to use the iPads and to color. They were put into different stations which helped teach them how to share the iPads and the crayons.

The kindergarten classrooms taught me that the kindergartners loved using the educational apps on the iPads. They loved drawing and using a website called Go Bubble, which many other classes use, too.  Its an instructional social media app for kids under 13.

I learned they don’t always listen to directions, but they never disrespect their teachers.

There’s many more lessons in this book, and I got to experience them in a kindergarten classroom, thanks to Take Your Child to Work Day.

Take Your Child to Work Day can be beneficial to kids and, even, teenagers. I want to be an elementary school teacher. I have taken child development classes before where I teach preschoolers!

For children, it shows them the work field and shows different career options. It’s just like Career Day but on this day, you get to experience it.

From my brother, he loves going to work with my dad, even if it means getting up at 5 am. Its one of his favorite days of the year, as it is mine.

For the teens, if their parents, careers are something they want to be when they grow up, it’s very beneficial. Even if they aren’t, it could change their dream job.

While I was at Damascus I helped a student with reading and played with the kindergartners.

In the third grade class, I also learned how to do many teacher skills like using the Promethium board, copying papers, and how to deliver a lesson to the students.

I learned that being a teacher isn’t always easy. There are a lot of meetings and planning and grading that goes with it. But even with all that, I still had fun and my career choice was reinforced.

Overall I believe Take Your Child to Work Day can be very beneficial to all kids, even if they are in high school.

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