Financial Literacy is now a part of our Iowa Social Studies standards. These financial literacy standards start as young as kindergarten where we talk about jobs, how when something is borrowed it must be returned, and how financial institutions can help us save and invest. In 6th grade they begin talking about how to protect their identity from theft, the differences between debit and credit cards, as well as how to allocate income for spending, saving and giving.
St. Paul’s School works with Junior Achievement to help meet these curriculum expectations by inspiring our students to succeed through their volunteer-delivered programs steeped in financial literacy, employability, and entrepreneurship skills. In Iowa, Junior Achievement is dedicated to giving our young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. The financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs empower our students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world.
Our 6th grade class just completed their third Junior Achievement lesson. They are learning about global marketplaces and this week they did some international trading. Their Jr. Achievement community volunteer, is Sue Rand from Cuna Mutual Zoom.
As a reaction to this week’s lesson, here are a few quotes from our 6th graders:
“It is fun to interact with one another.” – Alivia
“It is engaging.” – Oliver
“We get to socialize while learning.” – Nolan
“We learn about how trade works.” – Alivia
“We learn about business and how it works.” – Nolan
Throughout the school year our teachers at all grade levels work with a variety of Junior Achievement volunteers to enhance their Financial Literacy curriculum.
The 21 Day Equity Challenge has provided me some great insight and resources to support our work with diversity. One of the goals for St. Paul’s Diversity Plan is to provide parents with resources to talk to their children about race. This resource “Talking to Young Children About Races” was shared in the equity challenge e-mail I received on Wednesday. We hope this article helps give you some ideas on how to talk to your youngsters.