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The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne – great for reading aloud as a family
The Mitten, Jan Brett
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
Anything by Dr. Seuss
Love You Forever, Robert Munsch
Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans
Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney
Silk Wood, Gill Davies
The Rainbow Fish, Marcus Pfister
Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richard Atwater
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
Concept: Wants versus Needs
Preschool aged children can begin learning the difference between a want and a need. Saying no and teaching boundaries can begin to help them shape an idea of what financial responsibility means.
Activity: Shopping at the grocery store can be a great opportunity to teach your child the difference between things they may want, and things they need. For example, cookies are a want, while the ingredients for a spaghetti dinner are a need. Get them engaged by asking them when items are put in the cart if they are a want or a need.
Activity: Set up 3 money jars—one for spending soon, one for saving for the future, and one for giving to charity. Divide up any money received between the jars.
Make Your Kid a Money Genius by Beth Kobliner
Concept: Credit versus Debit Cards
Activity: Allow children to get a debit card or to become an authorized user on your credit card. This can be a great teaching tool as they go on some of their first independent outings to the mall and movies. When you go out for family meals show you child how you pay and calculate the tip. Reviewing purchases they make on these cards via apps and online can help them understand where their money is going.
Concept: Earning a paycheck and beginning to save for retirement. A secondary area to understand is the cost of higher education and ways students can be engaged in cutting its cost through scholarships.
Activity: If your child can, getting a part-time job provides a wealth of learning lessons. One of the very important ones is the conversation you can have around what take home pay really looks like. This can be a great opportunity to open a Custodial Roth IRA so they can begin saving money for their own retirement.
For those students taking the next step towards college, allow them to research and apply for scholarships. A few great scholarship search engines are Peterson’s, The College Board, and FastWeb.