BUSINESS OF THE DAY: If You Build It, They Will Come!
Go to a local construction site, and, from a safe distance, watch what is happening. Allow your child to see the process and the various pieces (people, equipment , etc.) that make the process happen. Talk him or her through what is going on.
THE PRESENTATION SLIDE WITH TODAY'S OBJECTIVES: Why You're Doing This
- Help your child talk about and view a construction site in a different way.
- Give your child the chance to explore a very common happening in more detail.
- Expose your child to the idea that construction is a business - they provide a service that constructs “space” for others to do business.
THE FAMILY CONFERENCE CALL: Questions to Talk About Together
- What are the workers at the construction site doing? Why?
- What are they building, and how long will it take? Is there a sign available that indicates an estimated completion date?
- How do those working know what to do? Does it look like someone specific is managing the site?
- Who do you think pays for all the construction?
- What kinds of equipment do they use?
- How do we know they take safety precautions? Why is safety important to the business?
Parents, prompt your child to imagine different projects or places construction workers might be building, and why they might be building them. This will kick-start some imaginations, but allow them to stay grounded in real projects built with the help of real people.