This series introduces beginning readers to the key concepts of early financial literacy in an understandable non-fiction format with simple text, familiar situations and colourful illustrations perfect for young readers. The four titles introduce the basic ideas of earning, saving, spending, and sharing money to help them to become smart money managers as they grow into their teenage years. Multicultural families are represented across the series, with only occasional instances of US money and spelling (e.g. paycheck). Supporting activities.
Kids Making Money introduces the concepts of working for money (adult and children’s jobs), making choices in money management and examines earning and the motivation for working.
Sharing with Others explains the values of charity and sharing one’s earnings and time. The concepts of sharing as a way to spread the benefits of hard work and helping others in need are introduced.
Saving for the Future helps children see the benefits of saving a portion of money earned to be used in the future. The book addresses the concepts of needs and wants.
Super Smart Shopping models different ways children can help their families make good decisions when shopping and develop skills to be a smart consumer. Introduces concepts of around saving, budgeting and comparing prices and products.
The non-fiction presentation compliments the stories told in the Cloverleaf Money Basics series (see earlier review) dealing with the same financial literacy concepts. These titles are ideally suited to early childhood readers in Years 1 and 2 and provide real life connections to Mathematics: Money and Financial Matters in the Australian Curriculum.
Start Smart: Money titles are available from INT Books in Australia.