It really is an easy unit. We're just quickly working through "social studies" stuff so that both girls can be on the same level.
They each had to list some wants and needs during one part. Neely almost always has the funniest answer. She listed the sky and sun as needs, and a donkey and ice cream as wants.
For part of their ongoing project in this unit, they got to draw a picture of someone they know working. They both chose to draw Daddy at work.
I don't get social studies sometimes. The first 5 years it's just repeated information. Sure, it's built upon in small ways, but for K-2 it is just common sense information to reinforce what a child has already learned through being alive.
Familes work. Why? Well to make money, of course. You can't buy all those popsicles and pay for all that hot water you use unless you work.
I think it's pointless to waste a lot of time learning about jobs in the community as well. Show me a 6 year old that doesn't know why we need firemen, policemen, doctors, nurses, mail carriers, and librarians. That's preschool stuff.
We have a curriculum that could take a week or more to learn about families when, really, we do it in a day. And, we're averaging 2 units per week! Right now, they see social studies as a favorite. I hope it stays that way. Social studies was never my favorite, but I am retaining more of it now than I ever did in school.