JA Ourselves introduces kindergarten students to the intersection of financial literacy and early elementary grades social studies learning objectives. Through hands-on activities, the program provides students with an introduction to personal economics and the choices consumers make to meet their needs and wants. It also introduces students to the role of money in society while providing them with practical information about earning, saving, and sharing money. There are five 30-minute sessions, with additional extended learning activities offered throughout.
Session One: This or That? Make a Choice
- Identify personal interests.
- Consider the factors that determine their choices.
- Define money.
Session Two: Do I Need What I Want?
- Explain the difference between needs and wants.
- Create a simple chart.
Session Three: A Penny Earned
- Describe the role of money in society.
- Identify jobs they can do to earn money.
Session Four: A Penny Saved
- Explain the importance of saving money.
- Identify a savings goal.
- Identify a place where people save money.
Session Five: A Penny Shared
- Explain the importance of giving.
- Organize a chronological sequence of events.