Financial literacy is important, but how do you get kids engaged?

We can all agree that financial literacy is important, but it’s hard to teach kids about the importance of saving, budgeting and investing before they make money of their own. So how on earth do we grab the attention of uninterested kids? Make money talk fun!

Sometimes classroom lesson plans are hard to stand, but if activities are involved, the kids will be, too. For fun classroom ideas that will spark the interest of kids, visit The Money Godmother’s Blog. From crossword puzzles to duct tape wallets, many free downloads are available.

Another great resource the Federal Reserve of Chicago offers is the downloadable workbook, Econ Explorers. This workbook takes students on many different adventures while exploring different aspects of financial literacy.

Check out some of these resources to engage your students and make money talk fun.

November 29, 2016 at 11:02 am

Teacher Opportunity

Wildwood Hills Ranch is looking for an experienced teacher of High School youth to teach Christian based money management principles to 16 – 18 year old campers at Wildwood Hills Ranch west of  St. Charles Iowa.  This is a paid position for up to eighteen lessons taught on six Saturdays a year over three years.  While in Middle School some of the youth would have been exposed to the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program materials.  To learn more or recommend someone contact the current instructor;

David Strege
Office phone – 515-225-6000
Cell phone – 515-556-3302
Email – dstrege@onlyworkforyou.com

 

Wildwood interviews will be conducted by:
Kaitlin Lundeen and Matt Moeckl
2552 Union Lane
St Charles, Iowa 50240
Ph: 641-396-2414

PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO OTHERS THAT MAY FIND THIS OF INTEREST.

November 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Five Iowa teachers attend National Educator Conference

Five Iowa teachers had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Jump$tart Coalition National Educator Conference held in Dallas, Texas, November 5-7.  The annual conference provides PreK-12 educators with financial education resource, personal and professional development, access to a nation-wide network of colleagues, and general support for financial education.

The National Educator Conference is attended by more than 300 teachers, representing nearly every state. This year five deserving Iowa teachers were among the conference attendees thanks to the scholarships awarded at the 16th Annual Iowa Jump$tart Educators Conference. Iowa’s scholarship winners included:

Iowa attendees enjoy lunch during the 2016 National Educators Conference held in Dallas, Texas, November 5-7.  Attendees include (individuals sitting left to right) Kristy Nickolisen, JoEtt Cogdill, Jennifer Anderson, Tia Shaffer and Dibbie Clausen.

Iowa attendees enjoy lunch during the 2016 National Educators Conference held in Dallas, Texas, November 5-7. Attendees include (individuals sitting left to right) Kristy Nickolisen, JoEtt Cogdill, Jennifer Anderson, Tia Shaffer and Dibbie Clausen.

  • Jennifer Anderson (Treynor High School, Treynor)
  • Debbie Claussen (Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf)
  • JoEtt Cogdill (Woodbine High School, Woodbine)
  • Kristy Nickolisen (Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs)
  • Tia Shaffer (Independence Community School District, Arlington)

To learn more about the National Educator Conference click here.

November 15, 2016 at 5:59 pm

An interesting learning experience leads to the book “Caleb’s Gumball Machine”

Fifth grader Caleb Kitterman from Norwalk, Iowa, has been learning about finances from a young age- and in a very interesting way. Rather than having a weekly allowance, Kitterman earns his own money from a gumball machine he purchased with a $40 loan.

“I just knew that I wanted him to learn about money in a different way,” said Kitterman’s dad, Daron in a report with WHOtv.

Kitterman has not only used the money earned from the gumball machine to pay off the loan, but also to save. He has gained both a profit and financial knowledge that will help him in the future.

From this experience Kitterman has learned a great deal and hopes to share his knowledge with others his age. With the help of his dad, he wrote and illustrated the book “Caleb’s Gumball Machine,” which will be published this December.

Once the book is published, the Kitterman’s hope to distribute copies to elementary school libraries across Iowa.

Click here to read more about “Caleb’s Gumball Machine.”

November 4, 2016 at 9:51 am

REGISTER NOW for the “Youth Employment Programs as Pathways to Savings” webcast

Learn how youth employment can play a critical role in the financial success of many young individuals by joining America Saves for Young Workers’ (ASYW) webcast, “Youth Employment Programs as Pathways to Savings.” The webcast is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 2 from 1-3 p.m.

This webcast will help you understand how youth learn to save when provided appropriate products, services and mechanisms. The presentation will include panel discussions on innovative programs, financial institutions providing unique products and services, and research findings on past ASYW program participants.

For more information on how to register, click here.

November 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Don’t break the bank this Halloween

According to a recent poll from the National Retail Federation, people will spend $8.4 billion on Halloween this year. If you do the math, that is an average of $82.93 per shopper. It is also said that most of this money will be spent on costumes.

That’s a lot of money for an outfit you will most likely never wear again, so why waste it? There are ways to still look great this Halloween without breaking the bank. In fact, America Saves has come up with a list of their 15 favorite homemade costume ideas. The best news yet, all these costumes can be made on any budget.

Check out these great costume ideas and save your money for another time. Halloween is fun when you look great, but it’s even better when you save money too!

October 27, 2016 at 9:42 am

Member Spotlight: Kuster Ltd. (The Money Godmother)

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We would like to recognize in Kuster Ltd. in our current Member Spotlight.  Since 1980 Kuster Ltd. has been developing educational products, content and programs for a variety of organizations and businesses as well as a marketing communications company and custom publishing company called DynaMinds. (www.dynamindspublishing.com).

Kuster Ltd. is represented on the board by Joanne Kuster. Joanne and her husband Chuck created the “A.G.G.I.E.” board game, a really, really fun lesson on the profits and perils of farming. AGGIE games quickly spread to every state and 13 countries, as teachers, bankers and families ordered to learn how to buy and sell commodities. Meanwhile, Joanne wrote her first children’s book and subsequently sold it to a Fortune 500 firm that distributed more than 500,000 copies. Who knew? Those initial products led to myriad creations developed for businesses and organizations across the U.S. and Canada – Stock Market Pie: Grandma Helps Emily Make a Million, an investing journaland Entrepreneur Extraordinaire: Grandpa Helps Emily Build a Business. 

The “Money Godmother” is a Jump$tart superstar. Joanne attended her first JumpStart meeting sometime in 2000 and has since served in several capacities. While president in 2006, she connected with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and convinced them Iowa was poised to handle Money Smart Week. She has since helped the program grow across the state. Her passion for financial education has led Joanne to create several children’s books and games on money, investing, and entrepreneurship, including the popular “Wants and Needs” game and the “Balloony Game”.  She is an author of such books as Stock Market Pie: Grandma Helps Emily Make a Million, an investing journaland Entrepreneur Extraordinaire: Grandpa Helps Emily Build a Business.  She is a dynamic orator, speaking to audiences of college students, teachers, parents and other mentors who want ideas on how to better manage money and help others do the same.

Joanne also works as chair for Money Smart Week Iowa, an economic outreach program from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and is involved with the Iowa JumpStart Coalition. Check www.moneysmartweek.org/iowa and www.WomenandMoneyConference.com. She continues to help other entrepreneurs get started, and often speaks on entrepreneurship, saving and investing, and leaving a family legacy. She is a founding member of the Iowa Enterprise Network and Center for Financial Success, and has been recognized as SBA’s Midwest Home-Based Business Advocate of the Year.

For more information, visit her website at http://moneygodmother.com/.

October 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

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