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How Summer Can Be the Best Time for Kids to Learn Money Lessons

Brad Zupp

There are many different approaches parents can take when it comes to teaching their kids about money. And like other important lessons in life, financial literacy is one thing that is best taught while they are young. While it may be challenging to find the best time to talk about money (and everything else that comes along with it like budgeting, saving, spending, investing, etc.) learning money lessons could be just like learning how to ride a bike or play an instrument. Teach them young and give them plenty of time and space to practice safely.

Summer vacation could be the best time for kids to learn a lot of important life lessons. Why not make one of those learning money management skills? Without directly diving into “money-talk,” there are plenty of fun ways to engage your children in picking up money lessons through different daily activities.

Babycenter lists Top 10 fun ways to teach your child the value of money which include going to yard sales, visiting the bank and shopping at a farmer’s market.

Also, allowing kids a peek into the grown-up world of financing may not be eye opening and not overwhelming when done correctly. According to this article by a bank in Iowa, Summer Money Lessons for Kids, part of teaching kids about money is being open and honest when discussing financial experiences.

What better way to keep the young ones interested than playing games? For younger children, WhatToExpect suggests these 7 Games That Teach Kids About Money, for older kids who might enjoy the fun and excitement of monopoly or similar board games, here’s a list by CheatSheet of 7 Board Games That Help Kids Understand Money.

There are tons of other activities that could keep the kids involved, like DIY projects and pretend play, you can check out this list from Education.com for fun and unique ideas, helpfully labeled with which grades benefit most from each activity.

Teaching money skills to younger kids takes a bit of bravery, but keep in mind that young minds are noticing everything, from what parents and other family members spend money on, to what they hear when people discuss finances and money choices. Model good behavior and use these and other tools to help your child soak in positive lessons about money this summer!

 

Surprising and Creative Ideas for PTA/PTO Fundraising and Membership Success

Brad Zupp

A school’s parent organization often plays a vital role in providing  students with the best possible academic experience. But organizing special events and enrichment programs requires financing. Here are some excellent resources I found that may help you with fundraising, budgeting and more.

In addition to membership dues and donations collection, throwing a great fundraiser event could be a sure-fire way to generate income and raise your group’s budget. Bake Sales, Movie Nights and Raffles are some of the common fundraising events, but involving ducks, pork bellies and weddings? PTO Today lists these amazingly creative 12 Creative PTO Fundraisers. You might also want to check out their 9 Tips To Increase Fundraising Sales, which offers some surprising ideas.

Arranging a great fundraiser involves gathering up as many members and volunteers you can to help with the event. PTNEWS has 10 Ways to Increase your PTA or PTO membership.

And of course, a successful fundraiser is one that could boast an excellent turnout, check out Increase Event Attendance in 17 Ways also by PTNEWS.   

Finally, if budgeting and money management are new to you, check out this page of basics from PTOideas about making use of the PTO’s financial information in creating a stable budget for your parent group. (Best part: an interesting idea about accepting donations vs. dues.)

 

Avoid the “Summer Slide” and Make Your Kids’ Summer Educational and Fun

Brad Zupp

No one enjoys summer more than students.

For younger and older students alike, summer is a time to avoid science projects,  solving math problems, reading textbooks and writing reports or essays. It is the much-awaited period when they can relax, play and simply have fun.

Although it is wonderful for parents to see their kids happily getting the most out of their summer, the months they spend away from school and books could possibly cost them up to three months worth of progress in their studies, research show.  This trend has been coined “The Summer Slide”, which, aside from its name, is definitely no fun.

The Summer Slide has been a cause of dread for parents and teachers, and because of that, many  have worked on ways to keep kids learning during the summer break.

One of the most obvious and effective ways to encourage learning throughout summer is reading. But how can we motivate children, especially the young ones, to even pick up a book during the days when they would rather be running around outside or sitting in the living room playing video games?

According to Dr. Kimberly’s post about summer reading, “Children don’t just need books... they need the right books. “ She explains that providing children with books that match their skill levels and interests is an important first step. And here are her 13 Ideas for How Parents Can Encourage Summer Reading.     

An elementary school principal named Principal Howell expands more about the importance of summer reading in his blog. He also has a few additions to how summer slide can be prevented through other activities, including Minecraft which he says “is not only exciting to children” but also “provides them with collaboration and problem solving skills”. Check out Principal Howell’s list here: Prevent “Summer Slide!”

Once you have the ideas and tools of keeping your children reading throughout summer, how about sneaking in a little math and science too? Parents and tutors Heather and Rachelle have some tips on How to Avoid the Math and Science Summer Slide. And while we’re on the subject, you might also want to get some ideas from blogger Caroline’s list of 15 Fun Ways to Stop the Deadly Maths Summer Slide.

Lastly, parents would love to have their kids put their tablets, phones and other gadgets aside and steer clear of video games, but what’s your take on educational apps? If you are all for it, Teacherswithapps has listed 20 Tips to Ward Off Summer Slide and Education.com suggests 10 Apps to Prevent the Summer Slide.

Summer break is for kids to enjoy and have fun, but who says they can’t still continue learning while doing so?

 

[Brad Zupp and Simply Sensible Entertainment, Inc. are not affiliated in any way with the linked articles or companies and are not responsible for errors or opinions discussed. The links to articles, blogs and websites have been included as ideas: we trust you will use your own judgement as to the best practices for your kids.]