Kids really do say the darndest things! Getting together their "work experience" and "educational background" for their resumes was a hoot. The interview portion was even better. We had a business card exchange (they got to decorate their own) and then I sat and asked them age appropriate interview questions. My favorite response for the day from my manager's 6 year old daughter after being asked what she wants to do when she grows up: "I want to be just like Mommy and run this office. Her job is easy peasy - she gets to sit in her office and visit her friends for lunch (our clients). I would like us to work near the beach though if that's okay." Yes, that is definitely okay with me.
I cannot wait until I have kids and they are old enough to actively participate in this event. It was such a great experience (for the young and for the old!). Whether you're a parent who just wants to do something similar at home every year or maybe a teacher who wants to do an interview at the beginning and end of the year to track changes, I would highly recommend the activity. Just be prepared to chuckle at the little ones and their silly responses.
- What's your name sweetie?
- How old are you?
- How old do you think I am?
- What is your favorite color?
- What is your favorite thing about you?
- What would you do with a million dollars?
- What is your favorite subject at school?
- If you had a day off from school, what would you want to do?
- How do you help mommy and daddy at home?
- What do you like to do when you're at home?
- What is your favorite book?
- What is your favorite movie?
- Tell me about Mommy:
- What does she do at work?
- Tell me about Daddy:
- What does he do at work?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
- Who is your best friend?
- What is your favorite food?
- If you could ask me anything, what would you ask?
Afterwards, include a snapshot, a signature (scribbles and all), and a hand print.