Cha-Ching! It's Financial Literacy Month!

Cha-Ching! It's Financial Literacy Month!

April 17, 2020
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It has been a whole month since I have been to the office or have left my house for anything besides grocery shopping. Fortunately for me, I am an introvert who prefers to stick around home – yes, I miss my friends, but this really has not been too bad for me. Between work, the new puppy, and keeping my 6-year old daughter entertained, I’m keeping myself plenty busy. In an effort to seize this opportunity rather than squander it, I’ve started reading 3 books - one on professional development (Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why”), one on spiritual development (Paul David Tripp’s “A Shelter In The Time Of Storm”), and one just for fun (Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace”.) It’s been a great way to keep myself entertained and off screens, which is the last thing I want to be on after a full day of zoom meetings. Don’t get me wrong, I binged all of Tiger King in two days, but other than that I haven’t been watching much TV.

Keeping Esther entertained has proven to be slightly more difficult. Being an only child can’t be easy during quarantine, but she’s handling it like a champ. She started reading “Matilda” and we got our first KiwiCo box yesterday for her to build. This is not an ad, but if you are looking for educational ways to keep your children entertained, KiwiCo is amazing! Check them out.

Another great resource I found is Cha-Ching. It’s probably no accident that I found it now, since April is Financial Literacy Month. Cha-Ching is an educational resource making financial literacy fun and engaging for kids K-6. Cha-Ching is a band that consists of Bobby who can’t seem to keep track of his money, Justin who loves to earn money, Charity who loves to use her money to help others, Pepper who likes to spend her money, Prudence the planner, and Zui the saver. There are all sorts of videos for families to watch and then exercises to help your kids get an even better grasp on what money is, why it is important, and where it comes from in the first place.

Esther’s school has done a wonderful job rolling out their online learning. Of all times for us to be going through something like this, thank goodness it’s 2020! I’m amazed at Esther’s adaptability. She’s been able to get on her Google Classroom, read the instructions, and do all of her assignments almost completely on her own. She has her daily math, her reading, and her writing, with a special thrown in there every now and again. Since Cha-Ching is presented in a fun, almost game-like fashion, I doubt she’ll even notice that I’ll be adding in additional learning for her from here on out.

Financial literacy equips us with the knowledge and skills needed to manage our money effectively. How great would it be to give our children a really great foundation to stand on now, so they don’t have to struggle to learn the hard way? My challenge to you is to have your children watch 2-3 of the videos per week and do the activity associated with it for the rest of April. We’re over halfway done with Financial Literacy month, so let’s end it with a bang! We aren’t leaving our houses anyway, we might as well take advantage of this opportunity, right?

If for some reason you have a hard time accessing the videos and activity sheets, just shoot me an email and I can send it to you personally. We can make this fun! Take pictures or videos and share them if you feel so inclined. Let’s make financial literacy a common household topic and give our children every chance to succeed financially from the very beginning!

Ready. Set. Go!