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Earn It, Learn It: Teach Your Child the Value of Money, Work, and Time Well Spent (Earn My Keep Allowance Program) Paperback – January 1, 2011
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The author, a mother of two with a background in marketing, has devised a creative system for helping children understand the value of money while learning about careers. Maintaining that many kids assume that money grows on trees, with "gimme" as a mainstay in their vocabularies, Weinstein presents an alternative allowance program. Children four to 12 select from 50 careers and parents guide them as they choose from more than 950 activities, ranging from "shadowing" a professional archeologist to learning how to analyze products like a UX researcher. In return for completing their career assignments, children get financial compensation (the author leaves the exact amount in the hands of the parent) from parents. Children still complete household duties such as making their beds, but the allowance comes from the "Earn My Keep" tasks only. While the book is a treasure trove of innovative and imaginative activities, readers may wonder how busy kids will find time to add to their already packed schedules. Weinstein asserts, however, that many of the tasks (which are icon-coded by type, from simple to complex) can be managed in small amounts of time. Skeptical readers may also wish that examples of families that have successfully used the system had been interwoven. (Jan.)
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""Weinstein founded Earn My Keep, a simple program to teach kids ages four to 12 how to turn their allowance into money-making jobs based on real careers instead of simply taking out the garbage. Kids choose from various careers and are allowed to select their own tasks and deadlines (suggestions provided). When they complete the work, it's payday! All careers have three levels, accommodating the youngest earners up to older children, as well as symbols indicating the topics or skills involved (art, math, manners, money management, etc.). An exciting concept back by research that isn't as home schoolish as it sounds; I'm trying it with my own kids." - School Library Journal, starred review" - Library Journal
"What I like most about Earn It, Learn It is that it is a learning experience that is going to teach values necessary for our children to become productive adults... I think this is a wonderful concept that is much needed for today's youth and I have been utilizing many of the activities as part of our home school curriculum. My kids have enjoyed the age appropriate activities that we have selected though I did not financially compensate them (I am waiting until they are older)." - Simply Stacie
"Love it! And surely moms can relate to the "gimme this...gimme that" syndrome...." - The MomTini Lounge
"The book is packed with great tools to teach your child about the value of money and the value to be responsible of money" - Dad of Divas' Reviews
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If your child has the maturity of about 3rd grade, it will be great. You could get it for younger kids and if it's not right just yet it will be soon!
Got a child interested in being an archaeologist, an event planner, a toy designer or maybe a TV writer? This is definitely the book for them.
Each career has its own chapter, then within each chapter kids will find numerous educational suggestions to help kids learn for themselves. Take for example, the Disk Jockey. Contained within the Disk Jockey chapter are 15 different assignment topics ranging from learning a new genre of music to making a play list of songs to acting as the DJ at mom and dad's party. Each career chapter also contains interesting side bar information as well as a list of similar careers in case your child wants to learn even more about that occupation's field.
What's really awesome about these career assignments is that they were all suggested by actual professionals working in the specific fields. The topics are genuine and the educational value is real.
The title of the book, Earn It, Learn It, is based on the author's initial "get a job" idea for her own child. Ms. Weinstein envisioned parents assigning career topics from the book, then the paying the child when they are finished with the work as if they have a job. Frankly, that idea didn't fly too well in my house, perhaps because my kids are in middle and high school. They enjoyed the book solely on the basis of what it is...a collection of educational prompts to further a study of careers. And really I was fine with that. That's probably the beauty of the book right there. It's filled with ideas, but truly it is flexible and fits into any family.
The first job that my youngest child wanted to study was Investigator. In no time all of us in the house were being fingerprinted as the mystery of "who put the glass in the cupboard" was being solved. Other suggestions in the Investigator chapter were to start a Neighborhood Watch program as well as to read a book such as Nancy Drew then list what investigator skills are essential.
I don't know about your state, but in my home state, homeschoolers are required to teach their kids about occupations. This book would be an invaluable resource that allows kids to fulfill an educational requirement while having a lot of fun.
Honestly, I really recommend this book for any kid, homeschooled or not. The information on each career is really appealing to kids. This book could be used as part of a formal study of occupations, that's for sure. With it's fun topics and suggestions, this book could also be a great boredom buster or rainy day activity book.