Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September of each year. It was established as a tribute to all the hard workers that make up our nation. As one of the first holidays of the school year I’m planning to set aside a couple of hours this week to teach my kiddos about this important holiday.
Here are a few ideas if you’re planning a Labor day lesson for your Homeschool or classroom.
Review Labor Day Facts:
- The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City
- Labor Day is a holiday dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
- It wasn’t until 2 years later in 1884 that the first Monday in September was chosen as the holiday
- 10 Years Later in 1894 Congress made Labor Day official in all states.
Go over 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10 & Discuss. This scripture warns about the dangers of laziness & idleness, and shows the importance of hard work.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” you received from us. — 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10
Make it Personal
This is a good chance to ask the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Depending on the age and choices you can discuss/research their chosen professions. Discuss certain aspects of the jobs.
- Here are a few discussion questions to get you started:
- What type of uniform or clothing would a person in that job wear? Why?
- What are the basic duties of someone in that position?
- Why do you want to be one when you grow up?
- Have them draw a picture of somone working in their chosen jobs.
I’m sure I’ll have a wide range of choices to discuss like Inventor, Scientist, Firefighter, Policeman, Daddy, and not to forget the little girl who wants to be a princess & a mommy when she grows up.
Do an Activity
- If you have litle ones here’s an idea. Have them dress up as firemen, policemen, princesses, or whatever & have a Labor Day Parade. March them around the house. My kiddos are going to love this one.
- You can find a few great ideas from Danielle’s Place.
- There are several great Labor Day Craft & project ideas at Enchanted Learning.
- CurrClick has several Labor Day resources for download including a FREE Labor Day Lesson Plan — LOVE this one!