Earn It, Learn It by Alisa T. Weinstein is really great! Kids will love being able to really step into the shoes of those careers that look interesting.
Got a child interested in being an archaeologist, an event planner, a toy designer or maybe a TV writer? This is definitely the book for them.
Each career has its own chapter, then within each chapter kids will find numerous educational suggestions to help kids learn for themselves. Take for example, the Disk Jockey. Contained within the Disk Jockey chapter are 15 different assignment topics ranging from learning a new genre of music to making a play list of songs to acting as the DJ at mom and dad's party. Each career chapter also contains interesting side bar information as well as a list of similar careers in case your child wants to learn even more about that occupation's field.
What's really awesome about these career assignments is that they were all suggested by actual professionals working in the specific fields. The topics are genuine and the educational value is real.
The title of the book, Earn It, Learn It, is based on the author's initial "get a job" idea for her own child. Ms. Weinstein envisioned parents assigning career topics from the book, then the paying the child when they are finished with the work as if they have a job. Frankly, that idea didn't fly too well in my house, perhaps because my kids are in middle and high school. They enjoyed the book solely on the basis of what it is...a collection of educational prompts to further a study of careers. And really I was fine with that. That's probably the beauty of the book right there. It's filled with ideas, but truly it is flexible and fits into any family.
The first job that my youngest child wanted to study was Investigator. In no time all of us in the house were being fingerprinted as the mystery of "who put the glass in the cupboard" was being solved. Other suggestions in the Investigator chapter were to start a Neighborhood Watch program as well as to read a book such as Nancy Drew then list what investigator skills are essential.
I don't know about your state, but in my home state, homeschoolers are required to teach their kids about occupations. This book would be an invaluable resource that allows kids to fulfill an educational requirement while having a lot of fun.
Honestly, I really recommend this book for any kid, homeschooled or not. The information on each career is really appealing to kids. This book could be used as part of a formal study of occupations, that's for sure. With it's fun topics and suggestions, this book could also be a great boredom buster or rainy day activity book.