These free ways to learn about electricians will help your kids appreciate and learn all about electrical experts in our communities.
This post is part of the Getting to Know Community Helpers Series
Appreciating electricians is something that took on new meaning for me just a few years ago.
In 2018, Tropical Cyclone Gita stormed its way through Tonga (the island where I live). I had never been in a cyclone (hurricane) at this magnitude as it came by as a Category 4.
Most of the island was without electricity for 6 weeks. The electricians were working day and night trying to reconnect the community as swiftly as possible.
Electricians from Australia even came to help assist with the workload. It was incredible.
When the electricians finally came by our neighborhood, many of us stood in front of our homes to clap for them. It was a pretty awesome day.
I already live in a second-world country, so I am used to living without some of our first-world conveniences.
However, stop for a moment and think about what would happen if your power were to go out. What if you had no generator or electricians to fix it? THAT is how important electricians are.
In the country where I live, the negative view of this blue-collar work is still around. Many people feel that if you do not have an office job then you are not successful or smart.
My husband’s father still has aspirations of my husband becoming a lawyer. He also can’t understand why I left my 9-5 job, in part to help my husband with his construction business.
However, blue-collar work like electrical engineering makes up the cornerstone of many societies.
My friend eloped with her husband when she was young. The reason why was because her parents were doctors, and her husband was “only” an electrician.
These types of jobs were thought of as lowly. Fast forward to now, and their businesses are thriving.
My friend and her husband help their families and others in the community. They also provide paid internships for electrical students fresh out of school.
Their electrical company is one of the best community helpers I know here.
Many times we don’t really grasp how important electricians are – until we need them. Then we reeeeeeeeally need them.
Here are just a few facts to help your kiddos learn to appreciate electricians just a little bit more:
-Master Electricians train almost as much as a doctor does. Between years of hands-on experience, apprenticeship, taking certification exams, and on-the-job requirements of about three years, it is safe to say you have an expert electrician.
-Electricians can specialize in different areas such as residential, commercial, industrial, or outdoor power lines. Solar power electricians are also coming on the rise.
-Celebrities like Mr. Bean and Elvis Presley began training as electricians before becoming famous.
-Electricians are also experts in safety and precautions.
-Problem solving and critical thinking is part of the job – daily.
Because of the construction of properties and homes all over the globe, electricians continue to be a growing field, affected little by a country’s stage of the economy – just like plumbers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of electricians is projected to have a steady growth increase of 8 percent until 2029. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. Homes and businesses continue to require wiring, and electricians will be needed to install the necessary components.
I write this to encourage others to think outside the box when it comes to a profession for their children and for families to appreciate the community helpers all around them, which quite frankly keep our communities flowing smoothly.
Learn more about this awesome profession with the resources below.
Explore these free ways to learn about electricians as essential community helpers:
First, learn what electricians are and what they do.
Helpers—All About Electricians | My Next Move
What is an Electrician? | KidzSearch
Electricians – What They Do | Student Scholarships.org
Electrician Facts for Kids | Kids.Kiddle
Your visual learners will enjoy these videos about electricians:
Electrician – Rhymes on Profession | APPUSERIES
The Electrician – Profession | Domotique Tunisie
Electrician – What Is It and How Do You Become One? | Building Advantage
I Wanna Be an Industrial Electrician | Student Edge
Teach your kids with these videos and resources about what electricity is and how it works:
8 FUN Ways to Teach Your Kids About Electricity | Homeschool.com
Electricity for Children – Electricity for Kids – Science for Kids | Socratica Kids
Collaborative Anchor Charts for Electrical Conductors and Insulators | The Science Penguin
FREE Electricity Worksheets | Super Teacher Worksheets
Energy and Electricity FREE Resources and Worksheets | First School Years
Things that Use Electricity | Education.com
Four Kids’ Websites About Electricity for Practice and Fun | Bright Hub Education
Go over electrical safety tips with your kids:
33 Tips to Teach Electrical Safety For Kids | Mom Junction
Interactive Electrical Safety Quiz for Kids (with Completion Certificate) | Switched on Kids
Electrical Safety Tips for Kids | Universal Home Experts
Teach about magnets and electricity (it will be super fun) with these resources:
FREEBIE – Electricity and Magnetics Unit | Once Upon a Creative Classroom
Electricity and Magnetism Review Game FREEBIE | Love Learning
Explore these resources to teach about static electricity:
Static Electricity: Gravity Defying Snake (Kid Science) | KidsActivities
Teaching Ideas for Static Electricity | What I Have Learned
Static Electricity Butterfly Experiment | iHeartCraftThings
Science + Play: Static Electricity Game | Cool Progeny
Enjoy these activities and STEM challenges to go along with your lessons on electricity:
Building Electric Circuits: Stem Challenge Cards | Teach Beside Me
A Fun Way to Explore Electric Circuits (Circuit Bugs) | STEAM Powered Family
10 Awesome Electricity Science Experiments for Kids | Frugal Fun For Boys And Girls
Electricity Experiments with Kids: Super Easy Science Experiments | Carrots are Orange
Electrical Circuit Game Show Lesson | Teacher Thrive
Engaging, Hands-on Electricity Lesson for Kids! | The Homeschool Resource Room
Electricity with Preschoolers & Squishy Circuits Science Experiment | Preschool Powol Packets
Teaching Electricity with Pickles (Glow Pickles!) | The Owl Teacher
Electrical Engineering Projects For Kids | Research Planet
Usually, I like to add a pretend play section to our community helper unit. However, somehow I couldn’t find many resources to help us develop a pretend play activity about electricians – understandably so. Pretending to work with electricity the way an electrician does could be dangerous. Make sure your kids understand the limits of what is safe in studying electricity and what is not.
Remember the importance of these community helpers and just how vital electricians can be to our society. We would really feel the loss without them.
Here are some more resources for you to round out a community helper unit in your homeschool:
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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