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Teaching Preschoolers Financial Stewardship - Mother Goose Time

Learning to be responsible with money is something most people don't think to teach their children until they are older.  Of course, Mother Goose Time is ahead of the curve!  This month, in addition to A LOT of art, we are learning character traits related to financial stewardship, and the ways to use money.

We started out by reading the story of Falco the Flightless Bird.  Falco found a coin, and was intrigued.  He started to spend all his time looking for coins (kind of a gambling analogy), and didn't even realize he had lost all of his feathers in his pursuit of coins! 

This month, we are helping Falco get his feathers back by making responsible decisions.  The first thing we do each day is find a feather from our "nest" (we were supposed to have used a box to make a nest, but I just pile them up every day) that is both the color of the day, and starts with a certain letter.  Then we read the scenario on the back of the feather.  If Falco made a good choice we keep the feather, and at the end of the month I am going to put them all on the Falco picture Little Guy colored.

In addition to the character traits related to financial literacy, at the end of the day we do an activity related to one of the way that you can use money (earn, spend, save, or give).  One day I gave Little Guy four yellow circles.  He could use them to buy a "ball" to throw into a "basket".  When he ran out, he couldn't buy anymore.  This lead to disappointment, and I let him do a job to earn one more.  There is more that goes into the financial literacy program this month, but I knew I would never follow through on all of it, so we are doing the basics.  You are supposed to pay them for the jobs they do each day with play money, then they are supposed to buy their art supplies, as well as have to pay for "emergencies" that come up.  It could be a lot of fun, but I don't think I would actually remember to do it all, so I decided ahead of time to keep it simple.

Mother Goose Time thinks of everything, so I don't have to!  :)

Little Guy and I get this wonderful curriculum for FREE in exchange for sharing our experiences.  All the opinions are my own!


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