Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Held at St. Olaf’s Church Fellowship Hall
W653 Roosevelt Rd, Rubicon, WI 53078
Between HWY P and HWY 83: One Mile East of Deertrak Golf Club
This workshop is ideal for parents and guardians with children ranging in age from tots to teens and wanting to raise financially capable kids! Attendees will acquire ideas, techniques, and strategies to teach money management while instilling their own family values and generate a unique plan specific for their family.
Guiding Questions Include:
Cost: FREE! (Thanks to the Barbara Beetow Memorial Grant from WI Alpha Delta Kappa, Viking Brothers, & Architectural Designs)
Registration Required by April 19th: Via Email to: Guenther@EconomicsWisconsin.org
Notice of Non-Affiliation and Disclaimer: St. Olaf Church is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with EconomicsWisconsin or the workshop being presented.
Join me at the
Jun 13, 2017 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM CDT
Cudahy Middle School
5530 S Barland Ave, Cudahy, WI 53110,
Ideal for teachers, child care professionals, librarians, youth club professionals, parents, and others who work with children preschool to grade 3.
(can be taken as a workshop or for 1 credit)
From Books to Bucks takes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and math standards and integrates financial literacy through the use of developmentally appropriate children’s literature. Learn how to weave standards such as coin and bill identification and counting, earning, spending, saving, donating and other early finance and economics themes into your language arts block. This workshop promotes the integration of these concepts and others into Reader's and Writer's Workshop or a general literacy block. You will have time to create a lesson designed just for your classroom as well as develop a scope and sequence that will help you bring financial literacy into your classroom throughout the school year! Plus, take time to browse through a book collection from easy readers to chapter books! This workshop will teach you how to blend WI Model Academic Standards for Personal Financial Literacy such as Money Management, Planning, Saving, & Investing, and Critical Consumerism with Common Core State Standards.
Registration details HERE!
Pearl and I are looking for classrooms to visit to share her entrepreneurial spirit by reading a story, discussing her wisdom as a business owner, and leading a hands-on activity which involves students creating their own product in teamwork fashion.
Let Pearl introduce herself:
Hi! I am Pearl. I am very creative and profitable
when it comes to finances. I take pride in owning and managing my own accessories store. My friends tell me I have a flair for entrepreneurship. I am known for my self-confidence, determination, and hard-working spirit.
Hobbies/Interests: Designing scarves, jewelry, & other accessories, swimming, and collecting rocks.
Contact me to bring Pearl and her fun-loving entrepreneur spirit and positive character traits to your classroom, library, community group, youth club, church, or child care center!
Sweet Potato Pie tells the story of a close family and its determination, creativity, and commitment through a financially difficult time during a summer drought. The family works together to make sweet potato pie to earn money for the next payment on their family farm. Mama's idea of selling sweet potato pie at the local Harvest Celebration was not only money smart but family smart!
Suggested Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd
Teacher's Guide Available
Book also includes a recipe!
Thank you to the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy for this honor. Specific information can be found on this press release.
If You Made A Million by David M. Schwartz Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
What would you do if you made a million?
Through a mathematical magical tone, children learn how earning money, investing it, and accruing dividends and interest can turn into a million dollars.
I like how the illustrations include life-like coins and bills. This book is a wonderful writing prompt to get kids writing and drawing about what they would do with a million dollars or another large sum of money and promotes "making money means making choices." This can then lead to a lesson on wants versus needs and generous giving. .
Recommended for Grades K to 5th.
EarlyStart = MoneySmart Receives 2016 Financial Literacy Award from the Wisconsin Governor's Council on Financial Literacy
Governor Walker Honors 15 with 2016 Financial Literacy Award
Friday, January 6, 2017 - Press Release
Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced 15 individuals, businesses, and organizations as recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award, as selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy.
“These individuals and organizations have a significant impact on citizens of all ages across the state by helping to enhance their personal financial knowledge and skills," Governor Walker said. “By developing their financial capabilities, our citizens become more savvy consumers, improve their quality of life, and, in the process, contribute to strengthening our economy.”
The recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Capitol later this year. They were selected from 32 nominations submitted for consideration. Criteria considered during the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups.
Recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards are:
Synopses of the recipients’ efforts can be found on the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) website here.
The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy was created by Executive Order #24 and held its inaugural meeting in April of 2011. The mission of the Council is to measurably improve the financial literacy of Wisconsin citizens.
Council members include:
Kara Alt, 4K teacher, created Monty the Money Monkey to visit her students on Money Mondays.
Kara Alt teaches 4-year-old Kindergarten at General Mitchell Elementary School in West Allis, Wisconsin. She shared with me just how much the class I taught last month at Concordia University-Waukesha in partnership with Wisconsin Education Innovations impacted her ability to bring financial literacy into her early childhood classroom. It was wonderful to see how Kara implemented techniques presented; such as choosing a set time, creating an inspirational character, and using children's literature to teach age-appropriate basic financial and economic concepts. I asked Kara to share with me the details on how she put it all together:
After taking the one-credit graduate course, From Books to Bucks: Linking Literature and Money for Young Earners (Pre-K-3rd) led by Jennifer Guenther, I was inspired to develop a way to integrate financial literacy into my 4K classroom. First, I decided to designate Mondays as "Money Mondays." Next, I had to think up an exciting, fun way to help get students engaged and motivated about financial literacy.
After seeing the financial literacy characters that Jennifer created through the use of puppets and props, I came up with my own puppet character: Monty the Money Monkey. Monty has a money bag where he keeps books about financial literacy to share with my class.
We already have puppets that we use to introduce the letters of the alphabet to the children and they absolutely love them. So, Monty the Money Monkey fit right in and was a big hit for all. Monty even has his own wallet and piggy bank that he carries with him.
The first Monday that Monty came to visit I placed him in the chair that I usually sit in when I read books to the children. In the morning when they arrived I told them a new friend came to visit with his special bag and in it he brought a special book for me to read to them about money.
The children were very excited to meet Monty. As they came over to our gathering carpet, whispers and giggles filled the air. It was perfect! Monty has velcro arms and legs, so I can put him around my neck and body to hold him. His mouth also opens and closes to make him talk. I explained to the children that Monty is a very special monkey that can talk, but only I can hear him. (A technique Jennifer suggested for those of us not comfortable with doing puppet voices.) I assured them that I would tell them everything he said though! The children were on the edge of their seats just waiting to hear what Monty had to say to them. At this point, I showed the children the bag that Monty brought with him and took out Monty's book, wallet, and piggy bank.
Conversation about money was immediately ignited and the children began to share their background knowledge and personal connections regarding money. With the Christmas season a few weeks away and the children all talking about what they want from Santa, we had a perfect segue into a conversation about "wants and needs". It just so happens Monty the Money Monkey brought a book about "wants and needs" in his special money book bag for me to read to the class.
Now, the foundation for financial literacy has been set and each week Monty comes to visit on "Money Mondays" and he brings new books each time that feature various financial literacy themes that follow a developmental sequence aligning with Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Personal Financial Literacy .
~Kara Alt, General Mitchell Elementary School in West Allis, Wisconsin
Looking to bring simplicity to the forefront this season for your children? Read A Squash and a Sqeeze. This book provides the opportunity to discuss how it's all about perspective! First the little old lady did not like her tiny house but later changed her mind after following some interesting advice. By linking the perspective of the little old lady in this book to personal examples of your children's lives, you can help them put the "gimmies" in check! Plus, kids will love the pictures. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.
Sharing with Others: An Introduction to Financial Literacy