K-6 Students Learn Personal Finance and the Practicality of Math

Every personal finance concept is made memorable and entertaining by using the performing arts: comedy, storytelling, circus arts, balancing, and magic. It's not just Finance… it’s FUN-ance!

 

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Too many laughs to count! My favorite feedback was hearing from parents how their kids came home and talked about spending vs. saving and needs vs wants. The parents hadn’t seen the show but their children understood the lessons well enough to explain them at home.” ~ Mrs. K, Massachusetts

 
 
A torn up newspaper, magic, and storytelling demonstrate where money goes...and how little remains after essentials are paid for.

A torn up newspaper, magic, and storytelling demonstrate where money goes...and how little remains after essentials are paid for.

“Mr. Z, besides being a genuine entertainer, had the kids engaged during the entire assembly. They all walked away with a new found appreciation and comprehension of personal finance. Brad was also very organized, providing us with materials pre and post show. It was a wonderful experience start to finish.” ~ Susan G, NY

 
Plate spinning and comedy get kids excited as they learn about balancing needs and wants.

Plate spinning and comedy get kids excited as they learn about balancing needs and wants.

“I was amazed that you were able to take rather dry material and make it not only accessible but engaging. You had the undivided attention of all the children, and teachers as well. One of the finest assembly programs I have seen and one I highly recommend.” ~ Nancy H, CT

 
Juggling cups help all ages understand budgeting with Now, Soon, Later, and Share. (Older students get a more detailed budget example with either fractions or percentages.)

Juggling cups help all ages understand budgeting with Now, Soon, Later, and Share. (Older students get a more detailed budget example with either fractions or percentages.)

The enthusiasm and knowledge you reflected in your performance were superb...such a creative way of teaching the children about money and savings. This was the liveliest and most entertaining show I have seen and I would be honored to recommend you to other schools.” ~ Rosalind B, CT

 
Savagator and Spendasaurus help K-3 students understand the importance of saving money plus how and why to do it. (Grades 4-6 get student actors playing the parts of “Big Spender” and “Smart Saver.”

Savagator and Spendasaurus help K-3 students understand the importance of saving money plus how and why to do it. (Grades 4-6 get student actors playing the parts of “Big Spender” and “Smart Saver.”

“I think your topic is a tough one to get through to kids, but you manage to do it. My one daughter who spends a dollar as soon as she gets it came home and told me she is going to start being a Savagator instead of a Spendosaurus. So you did great in my book!” ~ Kim L, NJ

 
The “big finish” trick is a group test/review of the essential concepts presented: where money comes from; needs and wants; saving money; and budgeting.

The “big finish” trick is a group test/review of the essential concepts presented: where money comes from; needs and wants; saving money; and budgeting.

“May I say… WOW! Loved the show. Had been nervous booking it because it was about money - not something we usually talk about! But Mr. Z. handled it so equitably and made really sound points... Brilliant really and he made the concepts fun and completely VISUAL. My 9 year old son (not one to gush) said, “Wow, Mom, I really learned a lot!” and has become more aware of what things cost and how adjusting his “wants” can positively impact our family budget. Teachers loved it. Kids loved it. Parents heard about it. ” ~ Mary B, CT

For several years Brad pursued a successful career as a financial planner with A.G. Edwards & Sons and Wachovia Securities, helping families with personal finance issues, investments and estate planning. He held a Series 7 license in addition to earning an Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation from the College for Financial Planning. 

With The FUNance For Kids Show, Brad combines his passion for entertaining "children of all ages" and his enthusiasm for helping people (even kids) make sound financial decisions. By using the performing arts, including magic, storytelling, comedy and circus arts, Brad makes learning about math and personal finance both fun and memorable. See About - Business for more details.