Friday, May 13, 2011

Pam's Picks: Teachable Money Moments with Legos, Teachers and Toilets!

Each week, I spend a lot of time reading new articles and blogs about kids, teens, money and financial literacy.  I'll even pop over to YouTube and see what's going on over there. In "Pam's Picks", I will share some great articles and videos with you.

Most of the time, I think of a teachable moment as being that precise moment in time when you have the opportunity to connect a child with a new concept.  However, this week, I broadened my perception of teachable moments to include those times when we, as adults, reflect upon prior events and realize what we have learned from those events.   Here are two articles about teachable moments with money and one funny little video to make us smile!

A Mom’s Moment

Alicia Arnold was running errands one day and stopped to get gas.  That simple act started a barrage of questions from her sons about credit cards and money.  Alicia recognized and seized the moment to teach her boys some important financial literacy skills.  But she took it one step further by using Legos and creating a world that connected her young sons with the abstract world of credit and finances.  Kudos to you, Alicia, for taking advantage of this teachable moment with your sons.  Read the full article...

Moments with Teachers
Other teachable moments happen as we get older and reflect upon past events.   Sometimes it takes age and experience to recognize the value of a moment or the talent of a teacher.  The author of this article describes high school and college teachers who taught him valuable lessons through everyday activities.  These are great examples of how a teacher’s impact can withstand the test of time.  Read the full article...

A Child's Moment
I am not sure who is having the teachable moment in this video -- Heidi Klum or the child.  However, it is definitely a unique and funny way to earn money!


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