Sunday, April 17, 2011

Financial Fairy Tales ~ A Review

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It's never too soon to teach children about financial responsibility.   Most children don't truly understand the way money works.  Especially in this day when we pay bills online, swipe ATM cards at the stores, and paychecks get directly deposited.  They see very little real money change hands, which leads them to magical thinking about money.

I can remember the boys being younger and asking for a very expensive toy.  I told them it was too much money to spend.  They replied that I should just use my ATM card to pay for it.   Oh, no!  They thought that the debit card had magical powers to produce money!  While I do realize that many adults still think this way - swipe the credit card now, and worry later, I don't want my children to grow up among their ranks!

UK author, speaker, and educator, Daniel Britton felt the same way.  In his role as a teacher, he noted that most children had no financial education or awareness.  He set out to find a way to teach even the youngest children about earning, saving, and obtaining financial goals.  His delightful books, Financial Fairy Tales do the job nicely.

Dreams Can Come True, The Last Gold Coin, and the Magic Magpie are exactly what you'd expect in Fairy Tales.  Kingdoms, Princes and Princesses, Magic, Chivalry, and even a Witch!  Children will remain engaged in the stories, and enjoy the bright illustrations as they learn about the rewards of hard work, what happens when money runs out, the problems with depending on others for money, and the consequences of trying get rich quick schemes.  The books are 27-29 pages, and are available in paperback for $12.99 each. (The consumable activity book is $17.95)   You may also purchase the whole set (including activity book)  in downloadable eBook format from the site for $27.00.  It comes in PDF format, and with a one family license.

The activity book I mentioned is also a paperback volume or eBook and it is 5o pages of games, activities, problem solving, and thought provoking questions.  The activities are designed to make the children think, and make sound financial choices.  It isn't a math workbook!  It's well illustrated, and interesting.  They will make up their own stories, they will read about poor choices and discuss what could have been done better.   The activities tie in to the stories, but many require the students to use some critical thinking and problem solving skills.  I think it is very well put together and a very valuable tool.    The children also collect "gold coins" for completing each activity.  they will go back to the first page of the book and work their way through fifty gold coins.  This reinforces the idea of being "paid" for work.

Financial Fairy Tales Activity Book

You will find Financial Fairy Tales on the web at www.thefinancialfairytales.com You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter where they share links and resources to help your family become financially savvy.

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**I was given the eBook versions of these titles in exchange for an informed blogged review.  I was not compensated, and my opinions are genuine.