Money adventures: a cognitive approach to introduce economical concepts to pre-school children
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Money makes the world turn round. In society today there is no point in denying the obvious that money is one of the more important factors influencing our daily life. Yet, economical concepts are not seen as one of the important teachings parents and teachers include in their children's upbringing. A programme, based on Piaget's cognitive-structural theory and Super's model of the career development of children, has been developed that aims at introducing economical concepts, such as money, income, expenses, and savings to children. The activities related to certain economic concepts have been integrated with other related activities for example science, baking, mathematics, games, music, and a practical life activity that involved significant other people in the children's lives. A pre- and post evaluation of the group indicated that the programme has been implemented with favourable results. The group of pre-schoolers could apply the economic concepts to their everyday lives and although they were initially not familiar with most of the concepts, they have managed to integrate the information and use it during and after the programme.
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