Money Managers Level 2 (grades 4-12, adults)

Course Overview

Available to: Grades 4-12 AND adults

Available as: In-Class Workshops, Lunch/After 4 Programs, Private Group Sessions

By popular demand, the exciting continuation of the Level 1 program!

This course brings many of the same fun interactive group activities and easy-to-understand presentations, with a main focus on savings. Major highlights include:

  • A new net worth tournament with even higher stakes!
  • SAVINGS: Why should I save? How much can I save if I start now? How do I save?
  • Chequing and savings accounts, RRSP’s, RESP’s, TFSA’s, investing and taxes are closely examined.
  • We also take a long look at how much waste can cost: fees, billing overages, dripping taps, food, and buying that item you don’t really need – it all adds up!

This course continues all the fun while completing the picture around basic savings, debt and taxes.

 

How does this program connect to the school curriculum?

This program has many cross-curricular benefits that help buttress the existing Ontario curriculum. To keep this simple (and brief), we are listing some of the big ones in point form here to give a sense of how enriching this program is.

  • This program does not emphasize mathematical calculations, however, math still plays a large part, and students gain fluency and a comfort in working with percentages, with basic calculations, and with the consideration of the larger, “real” numbers that are involved in the costs of goods and services ranging from after school programs to real estate.

  • The student group activities, particularly the net worth tournament materials, require students to read, listen, consider, and comprehend, what are mostly new concepts, accompanied by the application of considerable vocabulary learned during every lesson.

    The language benefits derived from this program cannot be understated.

  • One of the primary aims of the program is to encourage students to apply critical thinking practices around financial choices, media, and other real-life situations that they are likely to encounter or have encountered already.

  • Throughout the workshop there is a focus on values and character and how this connects to managing one’s finances. Identifying and reflecting on one’s values as a way to guide choices and take positive actions is an integral part of the workshop’s message.

  • Efforts are made throughout the program to encourage students to build dialogue with their family members. Opportunities are offered at many stages for interactions regarding those dialogues

  • The primary learning skills evident throughout the workshop include Collaboration, Responsibility, and Self-Regulation. Opportunities exist for interest teachers to gain additional evidence for these in their students.

  • All workshops are highly differentiated, both by school demographic and by student grade. Additionally, within each lesson, instructors are trained to differentiate their instruction in terms of groups activities (e.g. through character scenarios) as well as through appropriate language and examples.

  • Students will be introduced to the use of Excel spreadsheets, and Smartboard technologies are used whenever possible in the classroom. Moreover, a number of technological enhancements are currently under development, including an interactive website to be used by students, and the use of tablets during lessons.