"Growing up, weíre taught good hygiene, how to clean our rooms, and good study habits. But most kids are never shown how to manage money, which is why so many college students get into deep credit card debt. So how can parents teach their children responsible money habits?
"Enter Handling Money Godís Way. Written by Howard and Bev Dayton of Crown Ministries (co-founded by the late Larry Burkett), the books make it easy to teach finances to kids as young as 5 years old. The first book, The ABCís of Handling Money Godís Way, is aimed at 5 to 7 year olds, and the second book, The Secret of Handling Money Godís Way, is for 8 to 12 year olds. Both are divided into twelve chapters whose topics match so parents, or teachers, can synchronize the lessons.
"Each chapter begins with an age-appropriate story with characters who continue through the book. Following the story is a memory verse for the week, along with Scriptures to look up and questions to answer. The lessons include themes such as what it means to be a steward, all things belong to God, being in debt, how to save, and tithing.
"The books are very well organized and present financial concepts in a hands-on, understandable way. There are also accompanying teacher guides available for classroom use, homeschoolers, and parents who want more information. I highly recommend these helpful tools to develop responsible financial lifestyles in your children." -- Stacy Oliver, Christian Book Previews
This 12-week curriculum is fashioned much the same as The ABC's of Handling Money God's Way, but is designed for children ages 8-12. Includes Scripture memorization, more in-depth questions, and activities to apply what each chapter has taught.