Talk With Our Kids About Money
This financial literacy program is a series of lessons and activities, all tied to curriculum, introducing financial literacy to grade 7 and 8 students and their parents. This program is coordinated nationally by the Canadian Federation for Economic Education and provincially by HIEC. TWOKAM culminates in a “Talk With Our Kids About Money Day” event, held nationally, on the third Wednesday in April.
Talk With Our Kids About Money Day – Wednesday April 15, 2020
The purpose of “Talk With Our Kids About Money Day” is to increase the extent to which parents, guardians, other caregivers, employers, the media, and schools engage children in discussions about money matters relevant to their lives and, over time, contribute to improved financial literacy in Canada.
The program is multi-faceted but has, at its core, “Talk With Our Kids About Money Day.” On that day families and teachers of all grades will be encouraged to have “The Talk” with kids about money.
The “School Program” encourages teachers in all subject areas to teach a lesson relevant to their respective subject areas but with a focus on a money issue or topic. The website provides sample lesson plans for all subject areas to help support teachers with instruction – and the lessons are linked to provincial learning outcomes in the curriculum. At the same time, teachers are also encouraged to “do their own thing” and share their lessons via the website for other educators to consider. The program is designed to support provincial ministry priorities of integrating financial education into the curriculum. Also, there are opportunities for teachers to link the School Program with the Home Program through pre and post activities preparing for, and following up on, “Talk Day.” Any school in Canada can participate, and is encouraged to do so.
The “Home Program” encourages parents and guardians of children of all ages, and all across Canada, to begin, or continue, discussions with their kids about money. The website provides parents and guardians with a variety of tools, ideas, and activities.
There is absolutely no cost for any school, teacher, parent or student to use any and all of the resources offered.