Money School Canada introduces Moneyist$ in the School™ Workshops for junior schools.
PR Log - Mar 03, 2013 - TORONTO -- Money School Canada is excited to announce a new in-class financial literacy educational option for junior school students. The new Moneyist$ in the School™ Workshop is the most comprehensive program available for students in Grades 4 – 6 and introduces a robust curriculum of foundational money management concepts in a fun, engaging interactive format.
The quality of the instruction and the unique combination of the theatrical with personal finance subject matter is what differentiates the new Moneyist$ in the School™ Workshop program. Role-play, costumes, custom-made props, skits, manipulatives and hands-on activities keep sessions lively and students engaged. “Having students participate in role-play exercises demonstrating how banks make money or how credit cards work is not only fun and different but serves to increase the overall information retention level” says Tricia Barry, Executive Director, Money School Canada, “the classroom, offering a captive audience and a structured learning environment, is a perfect setting for money lessons that are authentic and memorable”.
Top-quality instruction is provided by experienced Moneyist$ – professional, passionate and committed financial literacy educators with 10+ years in senior management roles in the financial services sector who bring in-class learning to life, dispel money myths and deliver accurate information consistently. Moneyist$ have rich knowledge and the experience to answer a wide variety of diverse student questions correctly with a level of detail that ensures understanding and improves student confidence with money matters.
The new workshop is comprehensive and robust, going well beyond current Ontario curriculum expectations, and offers significant depth in content, instructional strategies, measurement and results achieved. Student and teacher input has resulted in content that focuses on the money management aspects that junior school students, in this age range, find most challenging. In-class time is used to zero in on money management topics like savings, banking & interest, budgeting and borrowing & credit. Quantitative research has informed the areas emphasized in the financial literacy workshop. “Being able to use the Money School Canada What Kid$ Know About Money™ research findings in the development of this financial literacy workshop has been invaluable” adds Ms. Barry, “when you understand that 85% of junior school students know the difference between 'needs' and 'wants' you can then dedicate precious instructional time to other learning areas – parents have the need vs. want lesson well covered.”
The Moneyist$ in the School™ Workshop delivers an increase in class average financial literacy knowledge assessment scores of 25%, after just 2.5 hours of instruction, and both students and teachers consistently assign top satisfaction ratings. The average teacher satisfaction rating of the Moneyist$ in the School™ Workshop is 9 out of a possible 10 and 100% of teachers said they felt more confident teaching their students about money matters after a Moneyist$ had visited their classroom.
There is a small fee to have a Moneyist$ visit the classroom that includes: * 2.5 hours professional financial literacy workshop facilitation * All in-session activity worksheets/ manipulatives for students * Take-home information for students * Workshop materials for classroom teachers * Post-workshop knowledge assessment reporting.
The new Moneyist$ in the School™ Workshop offers significant value by providing students with a timely, high-quality introduction to key money management principles and the inspiration and confidence to continue their lifelong financial literacy learning journey. All program development work was completed in the context of the findings and recommendations of the Canadian Task Force on Financial Literacy as well as the Financial Planning Standards Council commentary included in the Canadians and Their Money final report published in December, 2010 "Young people must develop a positive relationship with money and learn that their relationship with money is a life skill and as important as their relationship with language, reading or arithmetic." Ninety-six percent of junior school students who have participated in a Money School Canada workshop indicated that they 'felt more confident they would make good choices for their money' and the same percentage were inspired to agree that 'they felt that it is important that they continue to learn new things about money'.
“At Money School Canada we view it as a privilege to be able to provide financial literacy training to young Canadians that may help to positively shape their future attitudes and behaviours toward money,” said Ms. Barry, “however the lack of funding in the public school system for co-curricular, in-class programs such as Moneyist$ in the School™ continues to be a challenge. It is our hope that parents, organizations and corporations will see the value in supporting broad access to this program for students and consider its potential as a social responsibility investment option.”