The knowledge and skills you provide can pay off for years to come. Refresh your own financial knowledge and find new activities that will help you teach kids about saving and spending wisely.

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This informative blog offers valuable insights on teaching students about financial topics.

How Much Money Do You Make?

How You Spend Money Reflects Your Values

Tips For Talking To Your Students About Money

  • What’s Your Financial Personality?

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  • 1. When you find an extra $20 in your pocket, you:

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  • 2. When you get a paycheck, you immediately:

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  • 3. When your child asks for a toy, you:

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  • 4. When budgeting your money, you:

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  • 5. When you want to purchase a big-ticket item, you:

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    1. When you find an extra $20 in your pocket, you:

    • a. Spend it on a movie. You want to have all the fun in life that you can!
    • b. Put it away for a rainy day. You never know when you will need it.
    • c. Give it to a charity. It always comes back around.

    Answer: c. Give it to a charity. It always comes back around. If you chose A: You're a Big Spender! You work so you have money to spend on all the things that are important to you and that will help you enjoy your life! You are happy spending, but make sure you are also saving and investing for a rainy day. If you chose B: You're a Penny Saver! You are always looking out for what is next. It is smart to save for an unknown future, but make sure you are spending some on what you need and want to enjoy today. If you chose C: You're a Focused Giver! You help others with some of the money you earn. It is wonderful to be so focused on what others need, but make sure you are taking care of your own needs, too.

    2. When you get a paycheck, you immediately:

    • a. Rush to buy a trendy product.
    • b. Save or invest some of it.
    • c. Treat a friend to a night out.

    Answer: b. Save or invest some of it.

    3. When your child asks for a toy, you:

    • a. Always buy it, as you enjoy making her happy!
    • b. Tell her to save her pennies until she can buy it herself.
    • c. Encourage her to think about kids who don’t have toys.

    Answer: b. Tell her to save her pennies until she can buy it herself.

    4. When budgeting your money, you:

    • a. First set aside money to buy what you want now.
    • b. First plan for the future, including emergencies.
    • c. First include a category for donating to charity.

    Answer: b. First plan for the future, including emergencies.

    5. When you want to purchase a big-ticket item, you:

    • a. Put it on a credit card and pay if off later.
    • b. Save until you can pay cash for it.
    • c. Consider whether you can help someone instead of buying the item.

    Answer: b. Save until you can pay cash for it.

Video games can be educational! The Star Banks Adventure Game® supports the Common Core State Standards.

Mathematical Practices for Grades K Through 12 Ages 5 Through 17
Setting Financial Goals
Saving and Spending Wisely
 Inflation 
Asset  Allocation 
 Diversification 
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. X X X X X
Reason abstractly and quantitatively. X     X X
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. X       X
Model with mathematics.     X X  
Use appropriate tools strategically. X X   X X
Attend to precision.   X   X X
Look for and make use of structure. X X   X X
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. X X   X X
           
Language Arts Standards by Grade Level Grades K Through 12
         
Key ideas and details X X X X X
Integration of knowledge and ideas X   X X X
Research to build and present knowledge X X X X X
Research to build and present knowledge X X X X X

Learning about financial topics can be fun. Use these resources to bring money lessons to life.

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Junior Achievement Programs

JA programs that focus on financial literacy at elementary levels include JA Our City and JA More than Money. See if these programs are available to you and your students!

 

Star Banks Adventure® Online Game

Play and have fun online learning how to save and spend wisely.

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Fun Activities

Helpful teaching activities to engage kids with financial topics!

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Star Banks Adventure® Mobile App

Have learning how to save and spend wisely on mobile devices.

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