So many children take great care with their work. There is a genuine interest in wanting to do their best.
I often see kids working together looking back over equations discussing strategies and asking each other questions. There is a determination to help each other, not just to get the right answers, but to understand "why" those answers are right.
We've recently started an after school Math Club at the students’ request because they enjoy Math that much!
"Free Choice is one of the highest of all the mental processes." - Maria Montessori
I wrote a grant a few weeks ago and found myself taking to heart what some donors had to say about the project. It's true, kids absolutely need to start young learning to be financially responsible as early a possible. It's also true, many adults wish they had learned more when they were younger. It could save our kids not just money but time learning those "Tough Love" life lessons.
So let's change things up!
Let's help our children onto the road of success both academically and financially!
I've spent some time reading about the books I've listed in this grant. I’m excited about the possibilities!
I love the concept of the book Rock, Brock and the Savings Shock! It takes two kids on a journey in which two paths are taken. They end up learning what happens when "wants" and "needs" are/are not considered. It's a great way to incorporate ELA concepts such as compare and contrast, cause and effect, and point of view. The illustrations and graphs connect very well to 5th grade math concepts reaching our visual learners!
Another book entitled Growing Money takes a very interesting idea that I hadn't thought about incorporating into my lessons until a donor mentioned it. How amazing would it be to send elementary school kids to middle school with a foundational understanding of things like stocks! Think of how far those kids could take their knowledge of "how" money works and actually apply it through the various ways to invest money!
Imagine sitting down to dinner with your child asking how their day was and they excitedly tell you all about all about mutual funds?
I can’t wait to get these books to the kids for reading group discussions to hear students discoveries leading to insightful discoveries!
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