Last Saturday, I wrote about Sojourn’s Take Control of Your Finances seminar, which will take place next Saturday, January 15th, from 8:30am until 11:30am at the East Campus. You can register here. I’m super excited about the breakout session entitled “Creative Ways to Teach Personal Finances to Your Children” that will be led by Pastor Bryce Butler. Just to continue peaking your interest, I thought I’d share some more resources that we’ve found. Today, I’ll briefly review Dave Ramsey’s finance curriculum for kids, Financial Peace, Jr., his seven Junior’s Adventures children’s books, and the Junior’s Clubhouse website.
Financial Peace, Jr. provides some practical “cool tools” for teaching money management to kids (1) a commission worksheet, which is essentially a chore chart that provides ways to earn money by doing chores and ways to lose money by “not doing jobs, not doing homework,” etc, (2) a saving-to-buy with cash worksheet, and (3) an envelope system with pre-printed envelopes for giving, saving, and spending. In addition to these primary tools, the kit contains a calculator, a “clip & carry” coin case, refrigerator magnets for mounting the three envelopes, and an instruction manual/audio CD that teaches the financial principles. The curriculum along with the Junior Adventures children’s books, and the website introduce us to the story of young Junior, a fun-loving boy who likes to ride his bike and watch his favorite cartoon, Dollar Bill. In his adventures, Junior learns various financial principles:
- “The best place to go when you need money is to WORK!”
- “When you are in DEBT to someone, you change your relationship with them. You no longer work for your own money, but you work for them.”
- “INTEGRITY is doing the RIGHT THING, even when no one is looking… and not expecting anything in return.”
- “GIVING makes you less selfish. Helping others in need makes you SMILE.” Continue Reading…