Nancy Itzel May 1, 2020 Money Worksheets
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.
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.
Reading is very important to a child's educational development. Reading a book with your child on a daily basis can create enjoyable memories that will foster a lifelong love of learning. Reading helps to build vocabulary and spelling skills as well. Help your child select books from the public library on a weekly basis. Sign up for a summer reading program if your local library has one as well. Make sure your child is involved in the selection process for best results and get some books for yourself to act as a role model for your child.
As a parent it is always exciting to see children progress to another grade. There are a number of summer bridge activities that a child can take part in to make sure they are ready for 2nd grade. These range from direct learning activities such as worksheets or practicing skills online to teaching opportunities in the real world.
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!
As parents do, kids will do. Taken as an extrapolation from the popular saying, "Like Father, Like Son," there's some truth to what we do as parents, our kids will take into their adulthood. So instill good habits now for lifelong benefits.
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