Sariah Vivienne April 30, 2020 Money Worksheets
Once my son started working a real job and had taxable income, I made him a deal that if he started an IRA with $500 and $50/month, I would match for the first year. After a couple education sessions, he jumped on it! It's a great way to jump-start their retirement savings AND further teach the greatest wonder of the personal finance world: compound interest.
With adaptive learning programs, your child won't just play one level and complete the program. The games offer a comprehensive learning tool that works with kids from kindergarten through third grade. With hundreds of levels, different ways to play and constant interaction, the online games never lose their meaning. The same children can play the games but in different ways, since the programs are tailored toward the learning styles of each child. This is what makes adaptive learning an essential tool in classrooms as well.
Most kids get a weekly allowance without any accountability and are free to spend as they wish. I submit that kids should earn money for doing some simple chores (yes, even at 5 years old). You can further entice your kids to earn even more than their weekly chores by doing additional jobs that fall outside their normal responsibilities. Once they see their earnings adding up, you'll be surprised how hard they can work! As the money starts to accumulate, now is the time to further the learning process by defining how kids should manage their money.
Now for the fun part! Encourage your kids to spend their money wisely. Teach them how to shop for bargains and what value the toy or item might provide long term. When my kids were growing up, I strongly encouraged them to spend wisely on a hobby or a collection and learn as much as they can about the history behind the collection. My son at ages 5-9 years old, collected toy tractors and had every type, design, style, manufacturer, and specifications memorized. He knew more about tractors than most farmers! When he got older he repeated the passion with his train collection, later still, with WWII memorabilia.
Do you plan summer outings to nature centers or parks? Take this opportunity to learn about trees or plants. Otherwise, consider having your child help you plant a garden. Get some basic books from the library to help your child understand the basics and get them a little gardening gear for fun. Have them keep a little journal over the summer about what they've learned about each activity. Have them draw pictures or make leaf prints. You can even have them store leaf specimens in little baggies that you can staple to the journal pages. Have them journal about vacations too. With just a little planning, it is easy to incorporate learning into nearly any activity.
One way to teach them about money is to make a game out of it. Have some change available and let them win the change when asked a question. Make each question a different value. An example would be question number 1 would be worth 3 cents. Lay the money out for them to choose the three cents and if they do it correctly the first time they get to keep the money. Have some prizes at the end of the game so that they can purchase items again counting back the money to you to make that purchase. This will teach them how to count with out them realizing they are learning. To them it is just a game but they will learn how to count money.
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