So do you encourage parents to speak in your room?
I do & found that parents are pretty receptive to this. I've had Hanukkah speakers & all sorts of "career" speakers too.
Well, this year a mom told me she works with bees. I was like, "You have hives?" She went on to explain that she works with a company that keeps bees. I was really excited & asked her to come in the spring, when we do our insect unit. She willingly agreed.
The kiddos love it! She brought the equipment (suit, hat, gloves, & smoker). She even brought hive samples, wax, & honey sticks. The Kinders really enjoyed the honey sticks.
A couple days later, I scheduled a dad to do a police/detective chat with my kiddos. It too was a blast! We learned about the equipment (they could identify a taser...which was shocking & if I'm being honest, quite sad), fingerprinted a glass, & dusted the glass/pulled prints.
Not surprising, all of my kids wrote about their future careers - 2/3 wanted to be police officers/cops!