I have taught personal finance classes to kids for several years. One of my favorite books is “The Toothpaste Millionaire” by Jean Merrill. It covers so much information and makes it so understandable for kids! It is the story of two kids in 6th grade. One of them gets this idea to make toothpaste because it is too expensive. He takes his idea and runs with it.
I was offered the job because of my experience with Leadership Education. The administrators wanted me to bring some of it to their 7th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. It really has been an ideal position. They gave me the standards they wanted me to cover and gave me total freedom in how I met them. But I’ve recently been having some challenges in the classroom.
Well, my 16 year old son came to me and asked if he could go to a boarding school in St. Louis for the last year of high school. This school is affiliated with our church and is a feeder school for the college he wants to go to so it makes a little bit of sense… at least enough I had to really think about it.
In an effort to improve my writing and to help my students improve theirs, I recently signed up for a writing class. My first assignment for this class is to write a paper describing my educational journey as a vehicle. While I can definitely see how my education has gotten me where I am today, part of the assignment was to tell what KIND of vehicle it is. That is a little harder. Cars are my husband’s area of expertise, not mine. It took a little bit of thinking on my part but I finally decided on a classic Chevy suburban.
A couple years ago I had the opportunity to read several books that I normally wouldn’t have. If you are anything like me, you have a pile of books next to your bed that gets bigger everyday! When I’m teaching classes I have even more books because I need to keep up with my students. The year I’m referring to I also ran a book club for adults … and it was with this group that I found my new favorite book – Laddie by Gene Stratton-Porter.
In my house, teenager is a “bad” word. We don’t have teenagers. We have young adults. Now this is not my own idea. I fully acknowledge that I have been heavily influenced by Dr. Oliver DeMille and his book Thomas Jefferson Education. His book made me look at my kids in a totally different way – a life changer for all of us!
Divorce, bankruptcy, FISCAL CLIFFS! We don’t want these for our kids! But WHAT are we DOING about it? Each can be the result of not knowing how to manage money. Financial education should be one of the most important subjects taught but often we get caught up in teaching our kids things like quadratic equations and dangling participles which won’t make the everyday difference in our children’s lives that learning solid financial principles will. Watch this webinar to find out what the 5 Most Important Things Your Kids Need to Know about Personal Finance and get the ideas and resources to help you teach them!
Economics – the dreaded science. Most of us don’t want to teach this because we never understood it! But what is it really? It isn’t something that should be shrouded in mystery. It is a “social” science that focuses on how society trades goods and services. This webinar is a basic intro to economics and gives examples and resources to teach it in a way that makes sense and is applicable to you and your students’ lives.