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In 2017 we launched our Kids Count! Financial Education program in partner schools throughout Chicago. We’ve worked with John C. Haines Elementary, Galileo Scholastic Academy of Math and Science, Jahn School of Fine Arts, Suder Montessori Magnet School, National Teachers Academy, and Old St. Mary’s School.
The program is fun, interesting, and interactive. Our goal is simple: educate today’s youth on money basics to better prepare them for the real world.
Lakeside bankers teach one-hour sessions, once a month, for eight months (October-May) to 3rd-5th grade students. They stay with the same classroom through the year.
The program uses the FDIC’s Money Smart curriculum as a guide, but we’ve added games and activities to keep students engaged. We all learn and retain more when we’re having fun!
The curriculum covers the following topics:
Introduction to Investing
Exploring Careers and Income
In addition, Lakeside bankers go to school and community organizations to teach one time workshops to students and adults on various financial topics.
Interested in learning how Kids Count! can come to YOUR school or organization? Contact Erica Chianelli at [email protected] to learn more.
We know this is a difﬁcult time for everyone right now. Especially with remote learning in place, we decided to put these activity books and video together should your children need additional activities to keep them busy, and hopefully learn some key life lessons about money at the same time.
Geared for 3rd-6th graders, these are adapted from our Kids Count! Financial Education Program curriculum, which our bankers have been teaching at several Chicago schools monthly, for the past 3 years.
Please take a moment to review the material and make your own decision regarding which activities you wish to share with your children, and adjust as necessary. We hope this can lead to deeper discussions with your children about money. Many of the lessons were inspired by the FDIC’s Money Smart program.
We plan on adding more lessons to this page, so keep checking back!
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