A penny saved is a penny earned… Ben Franklin was on to something! It’s never too late to teach kids about money. Starting early helps build the foundation for a child to become a financially responsible adult. Kids need to understand the value of things and how to make good choices when spending money. It is important when shopping for new clothes or video games to decide whether you need it or want it before making a purchase.
Even Elmo, along with his friends from Sesame Street, is getting involved in teaching kids about money management. The program is called For Me, For You, For Later: First Steps to Spending, Sharing, and Saving, a bilingual multimedia program created to help families share experiences in developing financial basics that will impact their children now and in the future. For more information, visit the Sesame Street page.
GPB Kids offers online games and fun activities to help children learn the value of a dollar:
• Explore GPB Kids for money games from Count On It! This learning tool offers games for early elementary students that include money counting skills.
• Visit PBS parents for tips and articles for parents concerning the topic of money.
Parents, remember kids learn money habits from home. So let them help with simple tasks at home and understand how each person contributes to the family. To help them understand how parents contribute to the household, let them participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work on April 28th. This national campaign is a great opportunity to take career day to the next level! This program aims to expose children to the importance of what a parent or mentor does during the work day, but it also shows them the value of their education, helps them discover the power and the possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and gives them a hands-on experience in an interactive environment, which is essential to achieving success in the future. To learn more, visit Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work !