Curriculum FAQs

To help teachers help their kids, we've tried to think of everything!

Is time an issue?

No. It's easy to find the time to teach personal finance because it is just another way to teach basic math concepts like problem solving, computation, probability, and logic. In fact, our material aligns with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards and expectations.

Looking for age appropriate materials that align to with State standards?

Our cross curriculum program is especially designed for children in grades K-5. There are five levels of curriculum. The curriculum aligns with Common Core State Standards, National Jump$tart Standards for teaching basic personal finance in grades 1-5 and NCTM Math Standards. Use this checklist to see how Money Savvy Kids meets all the right evaluation criteria.

What is required of me?

Just your time and your enthusiasm. Our instructional materials are very complete. There is no pre-work necessary on your part. Just read through each lesson once and begin to teach. It's that easy.

Won't I still need to do lesson plans?

No, our instructional materials include lesson plans, presentation images, student workbooks, and manipulatives.

What about hands-on activities and interactive materials?

Each lesson comes with hands-on activities simulating real life experiences. At the heart of the curriculum is the Money Savvy Pig piggy bank, a unique hands-on, interactive teaching tool that won a Parents' Choice Gold Award in 2002. For Grades K and 1 the materials feature the Money Savvy Pig Puppet.

Where has this curriculum been taught?

The Money Savvy Kids Basic Personal Finance Curriculum has been taught in thousands of classrooms across the US. It has been taught with success in inner city, suburban, and rural districts.

What do other teachers say?

Click here to read actual teacher testimonials.

Does it work?

You bet!! The curriculum is research based. Student assessments gathered to date for Level C have been compiled by third party academicians. The results, in an article called, "The Money Savvy Pig Goes to The Big City", have been published in the academic journal, The Social Studies. See our press release. In addition, please check out research to view our growing body of studies that support the effectiveness of our program under a variety of educational environments (urban/suburban/rural, advantaged/disadvantaged, etc.).

What about additional support?

Our instructional materials are designed to be so comprehensive that no pre-training is required. Still have a question? Phone support is available M-F, 9-5 CST via our toll free number: 800.413.0073 ext 202.

What does it cost to put this program in an average elementary classroom?

About $300 for Levels A, B, D & E and about $600 for Level C for an average classroom defined as having 1 teacher and 24 students. Pricing specifics are available on the Educators drop down menu under Curriculum Pricing. There is even a Cost Estimation Worksheet to help you arrive at a cost for your own situation.

Is funding available?

There are a number of places you can look for funding. Try your local bank and ask about their CRA funds (community reinvestment act), your PTO, local credit unions, state agencies, and other school and family foundations. All of these organizations have an interest in getting basic personal finance education into schools.

Is there anything for the parents?

Our curriculum actively involves the parents as much as possible. There are "show what I know" take-homes and newsletters (included with the teacher's materials) at some levels and in Level C the parents are invited during Lesson 8 to the "Family Money Press Conference". This event ignites the money dialogue between parent and child. This, in combination, with the Money Savvy Pig piggy bank, which the child takes home, helps classroom lessons to "stick".

Do you have anything for older kids?

Yes. For young teens (12-16) we have developed Money Savvy U, a five lesson follow-on course that builds on the same SAVE, SPEND, DONATE, and INVEST principles established in the Money Savvy Kids curriculum. When you teach this course, each student receives their own Cash Cache Beginning Personal Finance Organizer.

What else should I know?

Our curriculum also reinforces other important skills such as reading, writing, economics, science, music and art.