Nancy Itzel May 1, 2020 Money Worksheets
Get your youngsters into some good habits starting as early as 5-years old. Look for a good Kid's Reward Program that will teach them the value of money and how to use some simple budgeting worksheets designed for kids. Keep expanding the program as they grow older and start to earn their own paycheck. Earnings (for jobs well done), Saving, Tithing/Charity, Spending, and Investing are all key components of instilling good financial habits for kids of any age. For now, let's start with some key tips to teach our kids the fundamentals:
Multiplication is the next skill to learn after addition and subtraction. Again students with excellent skipped counting skills start learning times tables very fast. Skip counting is multiplication, actually. If we look at counting by 2's; it is 2 times table. Similarly kids learn 5 times table or 10 times table by skipping the numbers by 5's and 10's respectively.
Encourage your youngsters to save at least 10% (a good benchmark through adulthood) of every dime they receive. The money can be put in a local bank or credit union for saving for special items, Christmas presents, or some other goal the child sets.
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.
I'm not a proponent of young kids investing in the stock market. But as they get older you can encourage them to think about saving for their future and retirement. Show the older kids stock charts from the past 50-60 years and note the strong upward trend over long periods of time. With 50+ years before they retire, and by starting to save a little bit now, the Compound Interest will kick in big time!
A variance to counting money game would be to start them out with their own money pot, then if they get the answer wrong, they have to give back money to you. Each question would either add to their pot or deduct. At the end of the game you will still want to have the prizes available for purchase and allowing them to earn their prizes. Using games to learn about money is much easier than getting free money worksheets and having them try to add on paper. This interactive money game will be a great learning tool in your home school.
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