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Teach Your Child About Money and Careers

April 11, 2011

Earn It, Learn It,

Teach Your Child the Value of  Money, Work, and Time Well Spent
written by Alisa T. Weinstein
Sourcebooks, 2011

My entrepreneur husband thinks this book is the bomb. Or maybe the jackpot. Because this book teaches children about real life professions, 50 different professions, and in the learning process, tasks are worth money. All age appropriate of course.

You’re probably scratching your head in confusion. It does sound weird, doesn’t it?

Let me give you an example. Since it’s spring, let’s use horticulturist as our example. By the way, your child picks the job, not you.

First, you’ll pick activities from the Jump In section to get an overview of the profession. These activities are leveled from 1 – 3 of difficulty. Let’s pretend we want to pick a level two activity like this one — “Label three plants. You can use store-bought labels or make some by attaching a piece of card stock to tree sticks. Or use permanent marker or paint to write the plants’ names on smooth rocks.”

Then, you get to the “Study” section. We might pick this level two task like this –“For three days, keep one of your houseplants in a dark closet (remember to water it!). Then move the plant to a sunny window for three days. Report what differences you see. Why is it importnat for Horticulturists to think about sunlight when planning their gardens?

Next comes the “Protect” section. Again, we could do something like this task — “Create your own slow release irrigation system for a plant in your home. . . “

Finally, “Maintain Facilities” includes this level one task, “Organize your horticulture tools.

As far as paying, the book suggests being flexible but consistent with whatever you decided. One idea suggested is for one career a week, payday would be Friday.

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Three people will WIN a copy of Earn It, Learn It! E-mail your name and address (to make book delivery faster) to deborah.mock@parenthood.com with “Earn It” in the subject line. We will randomly select one lucky winner to receive a copy of the book. Deadline for entry is midnight MST on April 30, 2011.

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