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:
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.
Many online math games are designed purely for entertainment and won't do much in terms of teaching your child. While these games can be fun and engaging for third graders, you want to choose games that will practice the skills being taught in school. Look for games and puzzles that are part of an adaptive learning program. This means that the online games are well-thought out and match the same set of skills that are being taught in the third grade curriculum. The program is structured toward each individual student and fills in the gaps where the child is struggling.
Similarly, kids who are best at counting backward can learn how to subtract numbers easily. For example, if a student knows 50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20; now it is very easy for this student to subtract 5 from 50 or any other number. Hence, learning backward counting is a key math skill too.
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.
In general, most K-12 schools do not offer education in personal finance, budgeting, balancing checkbooks, or any other aspect of how to become a good financial steward. It is up to us as parents to instill good habits, so that when our adult kids come to visit, we can enjoy their company and not feel like the "Bank of Dad."
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