Welcome to this month’s edition of Poppins’ Book Nook – a free monthly book club that offers you the opportunity to join in by reading a book and doing a related activity that fits into the theme of that month and an opportunity to link up your blog posts. It’s open to anyone – in any age range. I hope you’ll join in.
This month’s theme is “What will I be when I grow up?” I usually try to find a Canadian book to showcase for this monthly club, but I have to admit…. I was stumped for this theme. I couldn’t find anything that went with what I wanted. Instead, I fell back on a fun book that we have right here on our bookshelves.
About the Book
Author: Theo. LeSieg (aka Dr. Seuss)
Summary: “You’ve got to do something. What DO you want to do?”
Every child who has ever been asked that age-old question will find in this lively book a world of outlandish answers as well as real possibilities. This light-hearted, free-wheeling celebration of jobs plain and fancy should help children see that work is what you make it.
What We Thought:
This book is so much fun. It’s light and easy to read – but also offers some really unique ideas for jobs: astronaut, lobsterman, lion tamer, coffee perker, beehive hiver, sculptor, pet shop owner…. (just to name a few!). It’s done with the usual rhyming style of Dr. Seuss which makes it entertaining to read. I really like that jobs aren’t necessarily stereotyped either. For example, there are women in the positions of lion tamer, iron worker, dentist, chemist, and lepidopterist. Men are shown as teachers, tailors, and musicians.
Many of the pages ask questions that can really start the conversation going and get kids thinking about what they want to do in their future. Although this is an older book, it’s a great find.
Again, I struggled with what we could do for this topic. But, after much reflection, I realized we’d already been doing it all month long!
My two oldest boys seem to have known what they want to do with their career paths forever. BigKid wants to own his own video game store and Middle wants to be a carpenter. I’ve tried to find ways to help support those ideas while they are young so they can develop skills needed. I know that they might not actually choose these jobs in the future, but there’s no harm in exploring their interests!
For example, a few years ago, we bought Middle a kid-sized working tool set. I try to take him to the kids workshops at Home Depot. Together, we got a book from the library, raided the Home Depot wood scraps pile and built a working workbench.
This past month, I’ve been working together with my oldest on starting his own business. He desperately wants to buy himself a tablet or iPad. Since that’s not a purchase I’m willing to make, I told him he had to find a way to make money himself. We started out by looking all over the internet to come up with a business idea.
First we searched for “Business Ideas for Kids” – but after pages and pages of suggestions like “run a lemonade stand” we just started looking for general business ideas. I got him to write down anything that caught his interest and we could take a look at them together. After a short list, we stopped to evaluate.
- Graphic Design
- Crafting something
- Make websites
Most of these weren’t exactly in his experience wheelhouse, but it’s good to see where the interests lie. Next we narrowed it down to “craft something” and started hunting for ideas. For this, he spent a lot of time searching through Pinterest posts until he got some great ideas that we put into a huge list of sellable craft ideas and picked a couple to try.
We had several business planning discussions where I asked him some questions about his business and got him to think more in-depth. Some of the questions I asked were:
- What is your goal?
- What will I be really good at? What will I need help with?
- What will the biggest challenge(s) be and how can I overcome them?
- Do I think this will be easy or hard? If it is hard, do I think I can stick with it?
- Do I just want to make one thing and specialize in it or do I want to make lots of different things?
- Who might be interested in my products?
- What are some different ways I can tell people about my products?
I have to admit, I was completely blown away by the insight of his responses and the depth of his thinking. He was very realistic about his expectations and how a business works.
We got him a journal to keep notes, an envelope to keep his receipts, a list of materials needed and off we went to the store to get supplies. He calculated out how much each product would cost to make and how much he could sell it for.
Once the ground work was laid, he went to work on doing a test run of the products that he’d picked. The first one was more challenging than we’d expected it to be and after multiple attempts, realized that although they looked ok enough for ourselves – they weren’t quite to the point we could sell them. They are going to take some more work and some serious mommy participation.
Product number 2 turned out amazing and was completely done by the boys. I had no involvement what so ever, and they turned out fantastic. They are lollipop bouquets – made out of DumDum lollipops. A really neat and fun gift idea.
Next we tried some really fun crafts that were far too tempting to just make for himself. After he got his personal creations out of the way, he started to build some stock to sell for others. We got some feedback about his designs, some suggestions one where to get more ideas, and are ready to go!
Now he is putting together advertising plans (flyers and Facebook mostly), and also working with me to find some Christmas bazaars and sales that he can participate in. He’s also figuring out how to outsource to his younger brothers and how much he can pay them without losing his profit.
Doing this adventure together has really afforded us the opportunity to learn about how business works, how to work a budget and make a profit, to think through the challenges and how to solve them, and is giving him the opportunity to interact with other people – which he sometimes finds a struggle. Plus, we get to do something special together. He definitely has an enterprenurial spirit!
Check out what my other co-hosts were reading and doing this month and link up your fun book!
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama
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